The heart of human excellence often begins to beat when you discover a pursuit that absorbs you, frees you, challenges you, or gives you a sense of meaning, joy, or passionTerry Orlick
We are all pursuing after something or someone as we go about our daily activities. And what we are seeking after, or longing for or running after often shapes the things we do. So what are you pursuing? And is it worth it in the light of eternity? At the end of your time on earth, will you leave satisfied or disillusioned? The truth is that we all have a purpose. A reason why God has placed us here in this universe, and in the families and nations He has placed us in. He has given us gifts and talents to use in doing what He made us for.
IN SEARCH oF THE MISSING PIECE
But sadly many people never know what their purpose here on earth is. Instead, they go life rather aimlessly, jumping from one trend to the other, following the dictates of what the world around deems fashionable. Yet their life remains so empty, and so they always look for the next fix, which never really lasts. Sadly this only takes them further and further away from their purpose and their destiny.
However, on the other end, some people have discovered why they have been put on this earth. They know their purpose because it has been revealed to them. Having searched within themselves and consulted with their parents and mentors and people who God has sent to them to show them what they can do with the gifts and talents they have.
Finding your purpose is crucial if you want to navigate life’s journey successfully. It is never too late to discover it, as long as you are alive.
But whether or not you know your purpose, we all are faced with distractions that the world clothes and disguises as goals worth pursuing and achieving. But which are often to the detriment of our souls in the long run.
It’s more than the pursuit of wealth
Many people are pursuing money/wealth/riches/fortunes. Still, others chase after fame/glory/popular appeal/recognition, and yet, others want power/authority. In fact, many people will be thrilled to have it all, wealth, fame and power. Now there is nothing wrong with any of these things, after all, God blesses his people with them. But when people only desire these things without a foundation that is built on God and good character, then chances are that they will quickly become slaves to these blessings.
I wonder if many people ever ask themselves how they will use the wealth, fame and power that they crave for once they eventually get them. People are in such a rush to get on board of anything they think will enable them to acquire and keep acquiring wealth, fame and power. And that’s why you find people going into the occult; still, others commit a crime just because they want to be successful at all costs.
These people who are so caught up in how to be successful here and now, fail to realize that there are purposes for the school of hard times, heartaches, disappointments and failures. These dark periods are often the best place to learn how to handle adversity and use them as stepping stones onto maturity and progress in life.
This rush to achieve wealth, fame and power, is one of the reasons why the world is in turmoil today. Everyone is seeking their own selfish ambition, not caring about how their quest affects others. There is nothing wrong with enthusiasm that is centred and founded on something more significant than self. Sometimes we focus so much on the end goals that we don’t think about the consequences of the choices we make to get there. Many people do not care if they hurt people or destroy things on their journey to the top of their careers or their goals, as long they get to where they are going. But the questions we need to ask is when I get what I am pursuing, will I be delighted?
Find your own path
We do not have to pull others down to get what we want; we can still achieve a lot by going a different route than the world advocates and advertises. This path is not an easy route to tread upon, and it is not for those seeking to be successful in the quickest time. This is because this path Jesus followed and now leads those who are willing to follow him is not a path for those seeking fame, riches or power. But for those who seek God’s kingdom by making Christ known to all, as well as seeking righteousness, peace and justice.
So friends, do not be afraid to take a stand and live your life for something worth more than acquiring riches, fame and power which we cannot take with us when we die. God created you and then went further to redeem you with the precious blood of His son, Jesus Christ. So we have every reason to live lives that will ultimately bring glory to the one who crafted us in our mother’s womb and brought us out from the slavery of sin.
Hebrews 12:1-2 is a relevant and beautiful scripture for summarizing this. “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses. Let us lay aside every weight and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us. Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Watch out for the distractions
Yet we live in a world that follows a different agenda, and the messages through, adverts, movies, music and games, are becoming bolder and more manipulative in calling out to mankind to acquire more. Their message is the more you have, the better you are because to be truly successful, you must be rich, famous and influential.
What a lie from the pit of hell, and how sad that so many have fallen for this lie. The truth is that we are worth more than the wealth, fame and power that the devil continuously attempts to throw in our face. There is more to life than material possessions.
A life worth living is the one that is willing to sacrifice itself for the good of others. It is a life that celebrates others and cries when others are hurting and then does something to alleviate the pain and sufferings around them.
Many have chosen this part of self-denial, and have left rich legacies in the annals of human history, as they took the stand to pursue God and his kingdom first. Even though such died while standing in their faith, their lives were never lived in vain. And while they may not have built houses or acquired wealth, they accomplished things much more significant. The righteous standing they maintained resulted in souls who repented, societies that were transformed as evil practices like slavery, infanticide and killing of twins, and many more were abolished.