Matt. 16;18 & 19 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”
Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 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.
We work so hard trying to make a living that we forget to live. More, more, more, always needing something more. The more we make the more we need things which are just out of reach. God tells us where our focus should be, for only that in which He’s given us will we find joy and satisfaction.
Let’s look at what Paul says that we should focus on in Philippians 4:4-9;
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
What peace can we find when we sit back and share family and laughter, or a sense of accomplishment when we complete the things God has placed in our hearts? Maybe our joy is in feeling the earth in our hands, putting up that shelf, or the uncontrolled laughter that comes from a well-tickled child. Whatever that Joy is, will always fall within the measure that Paul describes as true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and admirable. If it's excellent or praiseworthy you'll find the joy which lies within!
Perhaps the time has come when we need to re-evaluate what’s important in life that we may live it rather than exist in it.