DayBreaks for 09/19/13 – The Pursuit of Fleeting Things
2 Timothy 2:22 (NIV) – Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
“British birdwatchers were especially excited by news earlier this year that a rare White-throated Needletail (the world’s fastest flying bird) had been spotted on the UK’s Isles of Harris–only the eighth such sighting in Britain in 170 years–and ornithologists arranged for an expedition that attracted birdwatchers from around the world. A June report in the Daily Telegraph noted that about 80 people were on the scene when the bird appeared again but then had to watch it fly straight toward the blades of a wind turbine. (As the event might be described by Monty Python, the bird thus joined the choir invisible, left this mortal coil, became an ex-White-throated Needletail.)” – [Daily Telegraph, 6-27-2013, News of the Weird, 8/26/13]
We have a finite amount of time to draw breath and live. We have a finite amount of heartbeats in our body. We are confronted with the need to make choices: what will we pursue? Will we pursue the “evil desires of youth” (maybe I’m still younger than I thought since some of those youthful things still chase me down) or will we choose to pursue the things Paul instructed Timothy to pursue?
The evil desires of youth/old age can be pursued if that’s our choice. God gives us that freedom. But is it wise? Consider the contrast between those youthful desires and the eternal value of righteousness, faith, love and peace. The two don’t even begin to compare. Yet, day by day, moment by moment, we often choose as if we are still youths.
The pursuit of fleeting things can, and will, prove deadly in the long run.
PRAYER: Father, it seems as if no matter our age, we struggle to pursue the right things. We need our hearts re-made. We need our desires re-channeled. Please do that for us! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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