But you [woman] of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith.
-1 Timothy 6:11
To pursue means to follow someone or something in order to catch or attack it.
It is the same word commonly used to describe the action of enemies or predators. The enemy pursues relentlessly in order to attack just like a predator with its prey.
When I think of a predator pursuing its prey, I picture a hungry animal wanting and needing something that his life depends on. I see him being patient, careful, and steadfast. I see desperation to capture the pursued subject.
Think back to a time when you were pursuing something you really wanted…maybe a dream or goal, a job, a relationship. How did you go about it? What words would you use to describe your pursuit?
Some key words that likely defined your pursuit are commitment, preparation, dedication, and motivation.
As women of God, we are called to pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness.
What if we commit to faith, godliness, and righteousness, placing them above all else? How might today look if we prepared ourselves for love and gentleness? What if dedication and motivation to endure were all we needed to spur us on to fight the good fight of faith? What if we, like the hungry animal, were desperate to take hold of the life God has called us to live?
May we, women of God, leave our worries behind, or as the first part of our key verse suggests, flee from them, stop chasing useless things, and let commitment, preparation, dedication, and motivation be words that describe our pursuit of the life God has called us to live.