A well-known Real Estate mantra is: Location! Location! Location! For example, to buy a house in Little Rock, Arkansas, the average per square foot price is $81; in Dallas, Texas, it’s $185; in Venice, California, it’s $1320; in Manhattan, NY, it’s $1800 (for an apartment). Then there’s urban vs. rural pricing. Location also determines the weather. In Switzerland, it may be all spring flowers in a valley that is surrounded by snow-capped mountains. Cold weather in Miami, Florida is 45 degrees Fahrenheit, but cold weather in International Falls, Minnesota is minus 30 degrees Fahrenheit. Low humidity in Williamsburg, Virginia, is 55% while in San Diego, California, high humidity is a sweltering 8%! (sigh) I know I’ve mentioned the drastic difference when taking a flight on a rainy day. Cold, gray and miserable on take-off, but brilliantly sunny and cloudless once the plane, in just minutes, reaches a certain altitude. (my apologies if that stirs up wanderlust in you, too.)

Our minds have locations, too. They can be bogged down in the gutter or soaring in the clouds or at any point in between. They can get mired in social media, online trash-talk and word wars or get refreshed by the truth and beauty and majesty of God and his creation. They can be poisoned by incessant negativity roiling from myriad sources or be decontaminated in prayer and worship and Bible study. They can get entrapped by the world’s darkness or be given a ‘Get out of Jail Free’ card by the Son. Our imputed (inherited) glory is that we can choose where our mind is located. We can opt out of soul-deadening clamor and the soul-rotting over-emphasis on the evils and injustices and fomenting hatred around us. We can choose, through paying attention to what we’re paying attention to, to live and move and have our being in the undimmable, omnipresent light of our Savior and Redeemer. (Satan, that toothless but still-roaring, still-menacing, tethered adversary, will hate this! Expect him to be somewhat annoying.) But it is in that place, in full-faced acknowledgement of Jesus’ sovereign jealousy for his Beloved (us!), that we will unceasingly thrive “until we all attain oneness into the faith, until we all experience the fullness of what it means to know the Son of God, and finally we become one into a perfect man with the full dimensions of spiritual maturity and fully developed into the abundance of Christ.” Ephesians 4:13, TPT  Could you get a more exhilarating definition of what it is to be an overcomer? WOWZER!  PD

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