The Passionate Pursuit…

baseballI remember the early mornings.  I’d rise before the sun, wipe the sleep from my eyes, slip on some shorts, a t-shirt, and shoes, and make my way downstairs to the garage where my dad had constructed a hitting station.  Before most kids my age had thought about getting up, I’d take 100 swings off a tee.  I had a driving passion in my pursuit of being a great baseball player.

For me, as a young man, my dream of being a professional baseball player altered every aspect of my life.  It’s what I was taught was necessary to be the best.  As a result, I played Div. 1 baseball in the SEC at Vanderbilt, and then had a five-year minor league baseball career with the New York Yankees.  My passionate pursuit paid off, but in the end my career ended and all those swings and pitches thrown are now a distant memory.

But deep within the fibers of who God made me to be, I find an internal fire that drives me.  The passion that drove me to pursue a baseball career has now shifted to something more lasting; something that won’t be cut short by old age or fading physical ability.

Solomon, writing to his son in Proverbs 4:5, is making a passionate plea…

Acquire wisdom! Acquire understanding! Do not forget nor turn away from the words of my mouth.

Proverbs 4:5 (NASB)

There is an urgency in Solomon’s words almost as if he is pleading with his son in a matter of life and death.  Over the course of our lives, it is, indeed, a matter of life and death.  When we seek wisdom from the proper channels it becomes a source of direction leading to life.  Wisdom found in God’s Word and the godly counsel of fellow saints is indeed life-giving and paves the way to the experience of not only abundant life in Christ personally, but also a Kingdom effectiveness that leads us to a tremendous purpose and fulfillment.

Think about the different roles you play in your life, and consider how you are pursuing wisdom in each area.  For me personally, I need wisdom as a:

  • Follower of Jesus
  • Minister of the Gospel
  • Husband
  • Father
  • Friend
  • Son/Son-in-law
  • Disciple-maker
  • Disciple
  • Employee
  • Servant
  • Neighbor
  • Missionary
  • Evangelist
  • Teacher

Wow! When I think of these areas, there are none I am willing to let slide.  But as I look at the level of passion I am investing in each area, I know there is a need for improvement.  As I reflect back on my passion in pursuit of a baseball career, I am sad to say that I pushed harder to be better there than I do in many of these categories, and this cannot happen.

…whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

1 Corinthians 10:31b (NASB)

Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men.

Colossians 3:23 (NASB)

So why passionately pursue wisdom? Because anything less is sin and an affront to our Savior. I see the importance in a fresh way this morning.  No more laziness or passive approaches to these pursuits.  By God’s grace, I am pressing on toward the goal of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.  Won’t you join me?

Rest in Jesus,