“They followed worthless idols and became worthless themselves” (Jeremiah 2:5).
Simple principle: I become what I pursue.
Pursuing things that will not last into eternity is worthless, and the pursuit of them will make my life worthless too. Allow me to elaborate with a few modified quotes:
“For where your [pursuit] is, there your heart will be also” (Jesus).
“All [pursuits] that are not eternal are eternally useless” (C.S. Lewis).
“But more than anything else, put God’s [pursuits] first and do what He wants” (Jesus).
“The impulse to [pursue] God originates with God, but the outworking of that impulse is our following hard after Him; and all the time we are [pursuing] Him we are already in His hand” (A.W. Tozer).
“But on the judgment day, fire will reveal what kind of work each of us has [pursued]. The fire will show if a person’s [pursuit] had any value” (Paul).
“The true worth of a man is to be measured by the objects he [pursues]” (Marcus Aurelius Antoninus).
“I love those who love Me, and those who [pursue] Me always catch Me” (God).
“‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will [pursue] his principles unto death” (Thomas Paine).
As each week wraps up, I’m trying to remember to ask myself, “Did I pursue the right things this week? Were my pursuits eternal and God-honoring?” Good questions. Perhaps you could take some time to assess your pursuits too.
Remember, you will become what you pursue, so pursue wisely.