You probably know the drill by now (and so do we): when God has a specific message for us as a couple, he often repeatedly confirms it to us in the course of our devotions, individual readings, sermons, etc.
Over the last few weeks, one passage that we keep coming back to (and keeps coming back to us) is Colossians 3, which I (Aaron) first memorized all the way back in 5th grade at Mingo Valley Christian School. We had to memorize the whole chapter back then (in the KJV, no less), but there have been a few specific verses that have spoken to us recently. To wit:
1.) "Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. FOR YOU DIED, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, WHO IS YOUR LIFE, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory." -Colossians 3:2-4 (NIV)
For whatever reason, the freeing finality of these verses has never hit me so hard before. Surrendering our will and desires to God's seems a whole lot easier when viewed from the perspective of one who understands that a life lived for him demands nothing -absolutely NOTHING- less. Maybe what I love the most is Paul's easy, almost-taking-it-for-granted assertion, "Look, we're already dead. We DIED. And CHRIST is our only hope for life! Where he goes, we go. What he does, we do. What he values, we value. The end."