The Control of the Mind

Spiritual ambition is the seeking of reward in heaven and not upon earth.

How long until Jesus' disciples refuse to hunger and thirst for more of this world and cease to mimic the lives of pagans?

Last night I watched comedian and retired talk show host Jay Leno reclining comfortably on a car's bench seat. Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson interviewed him. Clarkson was unable to read out the complete list of cars found in Leno's garage. Around 270 vehicles is a reasonably accurate tally. (Sadly I confess envy paid me a visit - mea culpa.)

Half a century ago the world's then richest man Howard Hughes was questioned, how much money do you need? His reply was:

just one dollar more.

My mind is cluttered by what consumes me. It remains obssessed with carnal intentions. Consequently I neglect the ambitions that truly bless me, free me and will last forever. The world is incapable of teaching me the wisdom of self-restraint. (Remember the world's education is from the Tree of Knowledge of good and evil, not the Tree of Life.) I am taught that accumulation is good for the soul, but all I read from the Lord would advise the exact opposite.

Don't accumulate but donate.

Carnal appetites must always remain unsatisfied. That is their nature. They will fade and then be  lost, only to be replaced by others and a multiplied hollowness. The desires of the flesh become frustratingly thwarted as eyes covet more than the bank balance can sustain.

Self can't be my big business if I want to do big business for the Lord.

The choosing of spiritual ambition is seeking first the Kingdom of God; His rule for me. It is the self-effacing gasp that self-rule is not as it should be, nor is it best.

We ought to give ourselves up to GOD, with regard both to things temporal and spiritual, and seek our satisfaction only in the fulfilling of His will, whether He lead us by suffering or by consolation, for all would be equal to a soul truly resigned. ~ Brother Lawrence

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness... (Matthew 6:33a)

Spiritual ambition is losing upon earth so you can win in heaven.

Today's Soul Snippet:

"The difficulty of the journey is no guarantor to the quality of the destination." ~ Michael Cartwright

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