E-votional - Free As The Wind
March 13, 2002

"To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace."

Romans 8:6 (NRSV)


   Last night, during a conversation about travel and experiences I was reminded of how often we limit ourselves by creating boundaries and borders. It is not until you physically leave North America, that you actually understand how small the world really is. This morning as the news was reporting of VP Cheney's presence in Israel, I was able to say, "I've been there, I know exactly where he is standing. Hearing of the battling and attacks in Israel, sadly I also noticed other places I walked along, where people are now shooting. Thousands of miles away, yet no borders or boundaries.

   Hear the Good News, God wants us to drop our boundaries and borders and experience Him. Paul speaks about our focus in his letter to the church in Rome. Things of the flesh grow old, we become ill, all of which is very limiting. When we dream, our dreams are limited to our thoughts. We cannot dream someone else's dream, because we don't share all of who they are, nor do we know truly what they are about. But with the Spirit, it comes to dwell from within, it creates and inspires in us new life and new direction, one that is not limited, one without boundaries. You see, the problem with living "of the flesh" is that we pick those things we touch and feel over God, this becomes our focus. God's greatest desire is that we would love Him back as He has and does love us. The first time Casey picks her friends over me, well it will be painful. I imagine when we live of the flesh, we are picking those things and that way of life over God.


   Gracious God, You chose me. Why, who knows, yet You did pick me. Allow me to remain focused on You. Thank You for all that You have done in my life and all You will continue to do, for ask this through Christ, my Lord and Savior. Amen.