If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. (Colossians 3:1-2)
Over the past months more attention has been paid to the news than ever before. The combination of a pandemic, mass media and social media mean that truths, half-truths and less-than-truths circulate the globe in the click of a button. Trends are studied, opinions are formed and minds are made up. Prejudices are confirmed.
But are you any happier?
As the lockdown weeks have gone on, I’ve spoken to an increasing number of people who have simply turned off the news taps, and have felt better for it. As they’ve switched their attention elsewhere, the mood has lifted. The world has, of course, carried on but they have walked with a lighter step.
Where we set our minds is important and, in the end, what we watch forms our thoughts. As the moon reflects the sun, we end up reflecting the flickering TV screen.
So look up! To quote Paul: “set your minds on things that are above”. Think on God and his ways, and you will begin to see the world in an eternal perspective. There is more comfort in the Bible than in the newspaper.
And you don’t have to buy a new copy every day.