in KennethBaucum.com, Self-Improvement

Why are we human-folk so interested in treating symptoms rather than going for the root cause?  It is evident in recent news and in our personal lives that we want are more worried about short-term fixes for things that cannot be fixed well in so little time, and even some of our favorite catch-phrases tend to give this view, as well.  Granted, our nation is founded on assumptions that humans have certain rights to be free and make their own choices — but why strive for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?  Why not get right to the source?  Try this one on for size:

“Life, liberty and the pursuit of God.”

It kind of feels good to say.  He is the source of joy and happiness anyway, I’d say we should aim for Him.  Of course, I like the way our heroes in the military have put it, as well — “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of all those who threaten it.”  It works, as well.  In this example, you could categorize the devil and his evil works as a threat and we’d be doing fairly well, there, too.  However, if you’re pursuing God, the devil will not be able to get a hand on you anyway — not without God’s explicit permission.  Which brings us to a reminder from God that He is always here for us:

Hebrews 13:5b-6 “…for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.”

1 Corinthians 10:13 “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”