Pursue = to follow, to go after, to seek
Peace = a state of quiet, freedom from disturbance, freedom from internal commotion.
When you put the two together it says it like this in my head, “I must go after and seek a state of quietness so I can have no disturbance.” I don’t know about you, but this is what I so desperately want! I want internal peace and contentment.
How do I do this? Repeating the words helps me so that they pop in my head when I need them. Also, I like to use visuals and pictures to help me solidify the concept in my mind.
The visual that came to my mind of a pursuit was one from my childhood….it goes like this.
My Dad bought my brother and I a Kawasaki 80cc dirt bike when I was around the age of 12 and my brother was 10. We had so much fun with that dirt bike. We were supposed to share. Yet, it was terribly hard to divide our time driving such a fun toy. I loved the freedom of riding a motorcycle – the wind in your hair, the different smells of the outdoors, and the sense of excitement at getting away from the farm.
We could go anywhere, if it was within the limits our parents had approved. Our boundary was one mile each way from the farm on the gravel road. We could go further if it was in the prairie trails amongst our fields. But, after the hundredth time in one day of riding back and forth we would inch past the mile border and eventually get to the highway which was two miles away.
The most difficult thing to do was share with my brother since each of us liked the dirt bike so much. We would try hard to give each other equal time. It always started out good with sharing. But, eventually it was not fun. One time, I decided to take a longer ride when I got my turn. As I would drive past my brother I would taunt and tease him during this long-extended ride. This would infuriate him and he finally had enough.
The next time I drove by and teased him he started the pursuit of running after me. He got close enough to grab onto my waist. He refused to let go. Yes, he was bound and determined to get me off the dirt bike and get his turn!
Eventually, after his weight and wiggling around got to be too much, we both came crashing down. He wrestled me off the dirt bike and sped off to have a very long turn for himself.
His pursuit of me was a success! He got what he wanted, his turn driving the dirt bike.
I must visualize my pursuit of peace like my brother chasing after me to get what he wanted. He was not going to give in or give up, he wanted it with all that was in him.
This is how I want to pursue PEACE. I want it more than anything, so I must go after it will all my might. How about you? Do you want peace in your life?