Today was Pentecost Sunday.
My pastor was giving his message today and something that he said struck me. He said,
“As Christians, we are told to strive for righteousness and holiness. What are you striving for? Are you striving for righteousness, or for money? For holiness, or for fame?”
And I realized that I’m not striving for righteousness. I automatically had a list pop into my head of things that I strive for.
Friends. Beauty. Love. Acceptance. Good grades. Happiness.
And none of them was righteousness. Now, none of them are bad things. In fact, most of what I strive toward are gifts from God–friends, love, and beauty are all good things to be appreciated. BUT not to be prideful of, and they are not to take a higher place than God.
I have decided to try and strive for righteousness. We’re only on this world for about 90 years, probably less, and we don’t even remember the first 4-7 years of it. I know people who were my best friends last year that I never talk to anymore not because I don’t love them, but because you grow apart from people.
But God will always be there. And personally I don’t want to have to explain to God why I put people above him.
So I challenge you: strive for righteousness with the same effort you put into other things.
It’s not easy, but hey–sometimes the hardest thing and the right thing are the same.