Questions for personal reflection: 1. Are you dwelling on the past, letting it control your attitudes and actions? Or are you letting go of those things that happened long ago, setting your mind on the things above and continuing to take steps forward toward maturity? Possibly commit to memorize v13&14. 2. Are you following good examples? Do you have a Paul to look up to, a Timothy to imitate, an Epaphroditus to follow, a godly hero to learn from? Do the people you look up to, spend time with, and learn from live up to qualities Christ wants to see formed in you? Or do you need to seek out a mentor more like what Paul had in mind? 3. Are you eagerly anticipating the coming of Christ? Do you live today by the principles of your true heavenly home? Would the enemies of the cross know that this world is not your home? Or do you blend in, compromise, and hide your true identity in Christ? Are there areas in your life that have a negative impact on others? What do you need to do to change that?
May you each be blessed and filled with the joy of knowing that you belong to Him! In His Joy, Joanne