What Are You Chasing?

What Are You Chasing?

Serena Williams, Tiger Woods, Floyd Mayweather and Lebron James are four of the most accomplished athletes in their respective sports and t Each of their brands have made a global impact. Serena Williams just won her twentieth French Open title and is on the heels of making history as she chases after the most grand slam titles currently held by Steffi Graf (22) and Margaret Court (24). Next there’s Tiger Woods, one of five professional golfers, ever, to win all four major championships in his career. Tiger is chasing the major wins of Jack Nicklaus (18). Then there’s Floyd Mayweather, Jr., who boast of being TBE- The Best Ever! He is currently one fight away from tying Rocky Marciano’s undefeated record of 49-0. Finally, we have Lebron “King” James who is playing in his fifth straight NBA Finals Championship as he strives to achieve title win number 3 of his career and the first title in the history of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Lebron is chasing the title wins of Michael Jordan who has 6 NBA titles. Aside from being talented athletes, having acquired wealth and professional sports, what do each of these individuals have in common with YOU? What Are You Chasing?

The world that we live in yearns for the story of the underdog, but loves to be entertained by sports, dramatic TV and political satires. In fact, many fans can effortlessly quote the stats of their favorite team but can’t correctly quote a scripture from the bible. Then there are those that spend most, if not all of their time chasing after material possessions, manmade accolades and financial gain. Some of these same individuals eat, breath and sleep with a total focus on stocks, worldly news and their bank balances, but don’t know Jesus Christ.

As I sit here and reflect over my own life, I find myself asking the question: What or Who am I chasing? I can recall a time in my 20’s when I chased sports, women, fame and yes, even my own identity. I spent the majority of my 30’s chasing after status and significance. Now as I approach a pivotal age in my life (45). I find myself reflecting on how I’m walking with Jesus? I’ve come to the realization that my values have been out of alignment. As I look back over my life I can identify times and situations when my choices didn’t necessarily reflect the priorities of God, or the fact that I truly knew the character and heart of God. I am truly grateful for God’s love and His Grace.

I have always said, “I can’t save the past, nor can I predict the future, but I sure can protect it.” How do you protect the future? My response is short. Chase the Creator not the things and titles created by man. Scripture tells us to seek Him first. “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:33 NKJV

We do this by getting into God’s Word and becoming “in tune” with it. Growing up I owned an analog radio. If I wanted to listen to a particular radio station I would turn the dial slowly until the radio picked up the correct frequency for the station. How did I know when I was on the correct channel? I would be able to hear the message clearly without the crackling sound. When you chase the priorities of God you’ll begin to hear the spirit of God speak clearer than ever before. However, don’t be fooled, the enemy isn’t after your past, he is after your destiny. Don’t allow the attractions of the bling or distractions of your flesh to keep you from your date with destiny. Just move the dial slowly and listen carefully so that you’ll know when you’re on God’s frequency. Note: God’s channel does not engage your flesh.

So, what are you chasing?

Let me encourage you, it’s never too late to chase the priorities of God. Is God speaking to you? Just pay attention to the situations and circumstances in your life. Don’t be afraid to carefully examine and look inward. Isolated there, away from the chatter of life, you will find God’s resonant frequency through His spirit. Is the desire of your heart chasing after God? Remember, there’s nothing worse than chasing after material things that have no eternal value. Only what you do for Christ will last forever.