Is it Really Possible to be Too Heavenly Minded?

LoveLeigh Smile

You have heard it said, “Don’t be so heavenly minded that you are no earthly good.”

I challenge:  Is this even possible?  Those who are sincerely heavenly minded: choose to live like Christ.  Study Christ’s life and you will see that He spent His life serving the people of the earth with the Kingdom of Heaven at the forefront of His mind and heart.

The Bible says, “Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.” Colossians 3:2 NLT

I watched my sweet friend, Leigh, live the last months of her life boldly living with a heavenly mindset while doing this earth such good.  She learned in the late fall that the cancer had returned.  It had been 27 years since the first occurrence and then about three more bouts of various “C” reports over her short 64 year life span.  But this last bout was to be her last.  We all rallied together after the first indications cancer had returned.  We encouraged her.  We prayed with her, for her, and over her.  We were ready to do spiritual battle.  We pleaded with the Lord to cure her and to sustain her.  Ultimately, He did both of these things but the curing was not to be done on earth.

As the months progressed it seemed that this may be the last time she would ever have to battle cancer or any sickness.  She began to ‘know’ that this was her time to let go and let God take her to be home with Him, in His perfect timing.  You see my friend, Leigh, she loved the Word of God and she came to have full confidence in it.  She knew that when she died it meant that she would be restored to her Savior.  That she would also be fully healed and whole in every possible way.  There would be no more sorrow or sickness or emotional trials or even any effort to take place to overcome the past or the present trials.  She had full confidence that Jesus is the Risen Christ who Redeems those who believe that His blood was shed for all.

The day before Leigh slipped into unconsciousness I said to her, “Do you feel Him (God)?” And she said confidently, “No. No, I don’t feel Him.  But I just KNOW He is here. I just know.”  And she said it with her infamous bright and beautiful smile.  It literally warmed my heart to watch my friend who, at times, had been plagued by the enemy with doubts.  Doubts that she was ‘good enough’ to be restored to Christ.  And on this the very last day of her conscious life on earth God gave her the FAITH and the full confidence to stand on all that the Word of God said to be True.  It gave her a joyful expectancy to pass.  This makes no sense to a person without faith.  But to those who believe in the Resurrection power of Christ; we rejoice with our friend.  Because now she is whole and she is WITH Jesus.  She did not die afraid, alone, and weak.  She passed from this world into the next; into the eternal presence of Christ and we know from His Word that there is no better place to live. It is a place with no more tears.

Leigh taught me so many valuable lessons by living these last few months with a full-blown heavenly mindset.  I will just share the last lesson and that is to live every day in confident faith that He is with us, no matter what we ‘feel’, ‘think’, or ‘see’ – He is here. We just need to execute the faith He has given us to believe in Him.

So what does a Heavenly minded life look like?  Well, you will have to open your Bible to be abundantly supplied with examples.  Study Abraham’s life (Genesis, Romans 4, Hebrews 11), and the life of Moses, and the Faith chapter = Hebrews Eleven.  Most importantly take a look at Jesus’ life example.

A Heavenly Minded Life Looks a Lot Like This:

When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things. Mark 6:34 NIV

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do. James 1:22-25

Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. James 1:26-27

Emphasis added in bold and italics to these scriptures by this author.

I am so grateful for Leigh’s life example.  Her smile and beautifully bright eyes linger on in our memories as an encouragement to keep smiling through it all and to live in the hope of Heaven while doing earthly good.

Until we meet again, LoveLeigh, we miss you and cling to the hope you had, and have strengthened in us.  Thank you for showing me that there is no such thing as being too heavenly minded.


8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Theresa Smith
    Jun 20, 2014 @ 15:22:32

    So love this entry, Kim, one ‘m sure I’ll revisit. You and Leigh must have shared such tender, yet rejoicing moments you’ll always treasure.. I’m sure words cannot express how wonderful her life must have been, so alive in Christ in this world and now basking in His Glory forever more. Thank You, Lord!.


  2. Jen VanWormer
    Jun 21, 2014 @ 23:59:45

    Thank-you for the beautiful tribute to a lovely sister I will meet one glorious day! Love you, Kim!!!




  3. Susan Nelson
    Jun 22, 2014 @ 16:08:43

    She touched so many more lives than she could ever imagine with her powerful prayer. She was truly a prayer warrior that will be missed, but not forgotten.


  4. anonymous
    Jun 22, 2014 @ 22:21:30

    A wonderful tribute to an amazing woman of prayer! Suzy W.


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