What Are You Pursuing?

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My Musings – We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. – Preamble to the Declaration of Independence.

God gave us life and liberty (freedom to make our own choices).  The pursuit of happiness is a bit more problematic.  Man has a tendency to find (or think he can find) happiness in all the wrong places and with all the wrong things.  More often than not, these rob us of the very thing we are pursuing.  We would be better off pursuing joy (which is not dependent upon things or circumstances) rather than happiness (which usually is dependent upon things or circumstances).

Better yet, as the above verse states, we should pursue righteousness and love, which results in life, prosperity and honor.  We need to remember, however, that an abundant life is more about quality than quantity, lasting prosperity has little to do with an abundance of “things” (which moths and rust can destroy) and honor has more to do with our character than it does with how much fame an adulation we can achieve.  And how ironic it is, that when we get it backwards (we pursue long life, prosperity in things and honor absent humility), righteousness and love (and happiness) often eludes us.

My Advice – Let’s make sure what we pursue is not only worth the chase, but is also worth catching.

What Can Man Do?

Hebrews 13:5, 6 –  Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” (NIV 1978)

My Musings – We have because God has given it to us. We do not have, because God has not given it to us. Either way we can and should be content. Because God will never leave us or forsake us.

My Advice – Work hard to achieve and attain, but do not let it consume you. Be content with however God blesses you, whether with much or little.

Quiet Waters

Psalms 23:2,3He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul. (NIV 1984)

My Musings – When we are at our wits end we do not always want to take time to rest. It is then that He takes hold of us and makes us rest. We scurry around frantically and He takes our hands to lead us. And suddenly we are rested and on the right path – rested.

My Advice – When rest comes unexpectedly in the midst of stress, and guidance in the midst of not knowing where to turn, consider it the hand of God.