The Lord detests the way of the wicked, but he loves those who pursue godliness. Proverbs 15:9
The most successful people understand that pursuit without purpose is a mere waste of time and an exercise in futility. For many people, its the pursuit of something that drives us every day. No matter if it is the pursuit of money, fame, love, or even the pursuit of happiness it is what inspires many to go about their daily lives. What we decide to pursue says a lot about who we are and what we hope to become. The things that we pursue will often govern most of the choices we make in life. What we pursue defines where we live and if we are willing to move. What we pursue defines where we work and how much we are willing to work for it. What we pursue defines who we are connected to and who we want to be connected to. This internal wiring for chasing something has an impact that is far greater on our lives than many of us truly realize.
The truth of the matter is what we pursue is far less important than why we are pursuing it. All pursuits have this in common, they are work. None of us work hard without motivation. No matter if that motivation comes from a paycheck or some sort of inward satisfaction most of us have a no pay no work philosophy. That is why what we pursue becomes that much more important. When the work becomes too hard, but the desire for the goal remains the same many times people will take short cuts to try to still get what they want, without the required effort to succeed. When we begin to take shortcuts we may drift into paths that are not healthy or productive to finish the chase.
Next time you start pursuing something take a moment to ask yourself why. Are you chasing something for godly reasons or are you chasing for wicked selfishness? When we chase things for godly reasons God smiles on us and makes our pursuit easier to live with. When we begin to chase the wicked or chase for wicked reasons God is not pleased and the way becomes more difficult. When God is smiling on our pursuits the work becomes easier, and when He is not pleased it certainly is more difficult. So before you pursue your next great adventure ask yourself, is God going to be pleased and if not is it worth the effort?
In Hot Pursuit,
Pastor Derrick Phillips