But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 1 Timothy 6:11-12 (NIV)
What is the course of your life? Where are you headed? What are you doing? What is important to you? At the end of your life what will have mattered most to you? What are you pursuing with all your heart and mind and soul and strength? What is worth all your energy? What has captured your full attention? What is worth the full investment of your life? What has your focus? What fills you with passion? What motivates and excites you as you start each one of your days? Those are all very good questions. Those questions are worthy of my deep reflection. Those questions deserve a full and complete answer from me. If I were to lightly consider those questions I would be making a tragic mistake. These questions cannot be left unanswered. Why must these questions be answered? I don’t want to live a life that is off course. I want to know where I am headed. I want to know where I should be going and what I should be doing. I don’t want my life to wander from one meaningless thing after another. I don’t want to reach the end of my life only to find out that I have invested my entire life in what did not count for much. I don’t want to waste my life. I want my life to be well spent. I want my life to be filled with purpose. I want my life to have had an impact. I want to live a life filled with passion that can only come with knowing that I am going and doing what is good and true and right.
How will you know what is good and right and true? How will you know where to go and what to do with your life? You are good and right and true. You will lead me through life. I will follow you. You will show me where you want me to go and what you want me to do. You will help me to know and do your will. I will be filled with passion because I will know that I am fulfilling your purposes and accomplishing your plans. When I look back over my life, you will be there with me. You will help me to see what we have done together. I will see that your hand has been on me. I will know that you have made me able to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. My life will have been well spent because I will have pursued you and the life you called me to live. That’s good and right and true.
Lord, I will flee worldliness and pursue godliness as I take a hold of the eternal life I have in you. Help me to live out my calling to fight the good fight of faith, as I love, follow, and serve you. Use me as your witness in the world. Amen
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