Enjoy Life, Enjoy God

Dale Patterson


September 15, 2009

When I was a boy, about this time of year, the Sear's "Wishbook" came to our house. With that catalogue in hand, I spent hours compiling my Christmas Wish List--my mind was set upon all the gifts my family was surely going to give me in just a few months.

Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires, but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.
- Romans 8:5 TNIV

Confession time: I don't completely grasp the complexities of Romans, especially Romans 8, nor do I always practice what I preach...but I want to. Remember a few days ago and Romans 7: "I do not do what I want to do...?" When the sinful nature is in charge, we'll follow its desires. When Christ's Spirit is what my mind and heart are set upon, then I'll follow that desire, that focus.

Bottom line: Where my focus, where my mind is set, that determines where I go, the outcome. "Seek first the kingdom..." How does that go? It's a mind set thing. This is not a matter of a catalogue, but of a life-changing outcome. Mindset!

Dale Patterson