The pursuit of gladness–gratitude is the key

Humans aren’t meant to be like a stuck kaleidoscope–able to see only one view point. We need more love in the greatest race on earth — the human race!

Too often we expect in a moment, what requires a pursuit. Creating happiness internally is much less frustrating than pursuing it externally. The pursuit of gratitude is more fulfilling than the pursuit of happiness. It’s hard to find real happiness when you’re pursuing meaningless distractions. I find little happiness in the pursuit of pleasure; great gladness in the pursuit of purpose.

Many people confuse distraction with happiness. They’re not the same thing.

Gladness comes from gratitude, not from grabbing for it. Your state of mind is a reflection of how you have chosen to live and to think.

Intentionally or unintentionally, we humans often pursue self-destructive behaviors. If your pursuit is to protect your position, rather than to discover truth, you’ll be deceived.

With no purpose to pursue, you’ll feel bored and like there’s nothing satisfying to do. The pursuit of nothing, finds it. Ultimately, the greatest failure in life is to neglect the pursuit of God.

What you continually pursue will shape you into its image. Selfish pursuits lead to loneliness; selfless pursuits to joy. The pursuit of self-fulfillment is often unfulfilling; but helping others brings happiness.

You will find what you pursue. Pursue kindness, find kindness. Pursue hostility, find hostility. Pursue what matters most, not trivialities that fade away.

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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