Col. 3:1-2 AMP
1) If then you have been raised with Christ [to a new life, thus sharing His resurrection from the dead], aim at and seek the [rich, eternal treasures] that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
2) And set your minds and keep them set on what is above (the higher things), not on the things that are on the earth.
When I was young, I had a tendency to take the more difficult road. "Paving new paths" I would call it, rather than walking the proven, successful way of doing things. When I did this, and when the egg was very evident on my face, my dad had a kind way of cutting to the chase concerning my folly. He would say, "You roundhead." It was really a loving term. I knew exactly what he meant and we would laugh, the failure and guilt were gone; and we would examine ways for me not to get in trouble again - at least in theory. My actions became "round" more often than I care to remember.
The ease with which we can avoid all of the pitfalls in this life is really astoundingly simple. We must determine what the will of God is in any given situation and then walk in it, "loosing" it on this earth.
The problem is that most of us are spiritual "roundheads." We won't spend enough time with our Lord to find out what He wants done. We say, "God said" this, "He told" me that. We bind this, loose that, and pray for our own will and call it His. Then we wonder why nothing happens.
Sadly, even more shameful, is how we appear to the unsaved world. Our foolish words and powerless actions have painted a picture of a weak, powerless God who doesn't answer prayer or change anything. We present an image of Jesus that few people would desire to follow. Plus, we can't even explain why things are happening as they are, because we don't really know.