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Significant Pursuits

by Robert J. Young
©, 2002, Robert J. Young
[permission is given to reprint with credit noted]

I suppose millions of dollars have been made by the makers of the board game, Trivial Pursuit. Apparently the answer to the question "Who would pay good money to sit around and ask and answer trivial questions?" is "Lots of people!" Unfortunately, the popular board game only reflects our contemporary society where many people spend their lives in trivial pursuits.

What is your life? Are you spending your life in trivial pursuits or significant pursuits? As another year ends, questions bombard my mind. While some questions are trivial, these questions are significant. They point toward eternity because they reflect eternal realities. Their answers have eternal consequences. As I look back on another year, I become painfully aware that much of life is spent in trivial pursuits. As I look forward to another year, I resolve to devote more of my life to significant pursuits.

This question of pursuits is teleology--a fancy word which refers to eternal plans and purposes. What is your purpose in life? Why are you here? What is God's plan for your life? Until we find and seek significant pursuits, we will live in a values vacuum. Values are born in the domain of purpose. Until I know my purpose, I do not know what to value. Those things which move me toward my goals are valued. Genuine Christian values are always based upon God's purposes. Changing the values in our lives, or in our society, can only occur by rethinking and redreaming God's eternal purpose.

What will you pursue in the coming year? Will it be significant? Will it make a difference in eternity? What are God's values? Reread your Bible! Get in touch with God! What does he think? What does he want? What is his overriding desire? Not the stuff that supports, but the #1 thing! Pray to find it! Walk with God and listen for it--every day! In the coming year, I will engage in "significant pursuit." Will you accompany me on this journey toward God--toward things significant?

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