Romans8-6bFor those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. Romans 8:5-6Have you ever set your mind?  It is easy to set our minds, created by our loving Father in Heaven, on things of this world.  Have you ever wanted something until it became an obsession?  When our mind is centered on that one particular item.For me the item was a pair of blue ear muffs when I was in Middle School.  To me, it was the zenith of living.  My mind kept back to the ultimate joy of wearing the warm ear muffs, snapping them on my head in the midst of a snow storm.  What luxury, what warmth!  People would stare and wonder.  Then the worst thing happened.  My Mom gave me a pair of blue ear muffs and I learned the truth.  Wanting is better than having, as I felt the ear muffs sitting uncomfortably on my head.  They were warmer on the outside than the inside.  It didn’t take me long to learn not to dwell obsessively on things of the world.The matters that belong to Christ will fit comfortably, give hope and joy.  In Philippians, I love this scripture for it speaks of encouragement, love, affection, sympathy, being of the same mind as what my mind must dwell on.  And in all, in humility count others more significant.  There is no room for pride or selfish ambition in living for Christ.  Blue ear muffs?  That is prideful.  Joy in Christ’s love brings me to tears for His Way is a Forever Hope that endures.  Praise God!  He is Mine, He chose me.  And I will ever choose Jesus!So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Philippians 2;1-3