“Be not afraid of going slowly, be afraid of standing still.” – Chinese Proverb
What does it mean to pursue? What are we pursuing? How should we pursue? We will cover all these questions in the following paragraphs in hopes that you will gain further understanding and insight in how pursuit attains to you and how it shapes everything about your life.
Webster’s Dictionary defines pursuit as, “A transitive verb: to follow in order to overtake, capture, kill or defeat.” Pursuit is a word of action. A word of decisive contemplation and effort in the hopes of attaining whatever it is that you are focused on.
Modern society consistently bombards the human senses with millions of ideas, goals and desires to “help” you choose your pursuit. The things that you eat and drink, the things that you put in your brain and are fed through your eyes, the sounds and voices that you listen to all day long, are all fighting for your attention to decide your pursuit. You are the most valuable resource on the planet and everything is competing for you.
Some people show examples of pursuit in the forms of a goal or an idea. For example, a professional athlete competing for first place. Their goal or pursuit is to compete well, try their hardest, and hopefully, win the trophy. In a relationship, two people open their hearts and souls to one another. Their desires are focused on learning and enjoying their person of interest, with the goal in mind of eventually, finding love, affection and unity as a couple.
Over time, pursuit has shown itself in many ways and been applied in millions of circumstances. Sometimes however, we pursue the wrong things. Sometimes, our pursuit becomes so intrinsically focused that it will blind the senses from the truth or reality and cause astronomical amounts of harm. Wasting massive amounts of time and energy. The cost of a skewered or perverted sense of pursuit can result in permanent repercussions.
So how do we filter our pursuit and strategically apply ourselves to the goals or focuses that are positive and promote growth and truth?
Step 1: Take your time, don’t be hasty.
Often our desires and dreams change or are inspired rapidly and with little consideration for the process or the outcome. Excellence and perfection do not come quickly.
Proverbs 19:2, “Desire without knowledge is not good, and whoever makes haste with his feet misses his way.”
Step 2: Seek wise counsel.
Surround yourself with people that give wise advice and you can go to when it comes to making important decisions. Often, our own view or focus can be too narrow and we need an outside view to assess the aspects of our decision that we might be missing or forgot.
Proverbs 12:15, “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.”
Proverbs 20:18, “Plans are established by counsel; by wise guidance, wage war.”
Step 3. Align yourself with truth.
The problem that many have when it comes to making decisions and seeking the wrong thing, is that they have no grounding and are not based to anything. What I mean by that is, in order to make good life choices, you need to know what good life choices look like. You need to learn what it means to do what is right, to do what is productive, and to do what will reap blessings. If you have no concept or nothing to guide you towards the truth, than how can you possibly pursue life victoriously? Life is out to get you, it is rigged against you. By yourself you cannot hope to be successful and walk in fulfilling pursuit.
Philippians 4:8, “Finally, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about such things.”
In conclusion, in life we have so many opportunities to decide what we pursue and how we do it. My hope is that after reading this, (if you got this far, thanks for staying) you will have a solid understanding and foundation of what it means to pursue, how to pursue, and what to pursue.
At EAGLET, we are focused on so much more than just our physical products but desire that our audience walks away with the necessary tools to champion life itself. Thanks for reading.
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