Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart (2Tim.2.22).
Except in an attempt to leave what they are doing, if they have some other things to do, some people cannot walk away from things that are not profitable. There are fanciful things that have no long term benefits, do not be preoccupied with them. Flee, run or walk away from things that tickle your appetite for sin. This is very important to remaining relevant on the path of faith and righteousness. Walking away is a good practice when it saves you from careless participation in unprofitable ventures.
However, there is a need for correspondence action to pursue righteousness. Many people wish to be holy. They wish to grow in faith, peace and love but they are not willing to pursue. Pursuit means to delibrately put attention and focus on achieving an aim. It is not a thing of chance but choice. To pursue is to aim for something and press in to get it. Walk away from the unprofitable to chase after the profitable things such righteousness, love, peace alongside those who have similar desires. Nothing just falls on your laps. Pursue your desire for the things of God as you would the material things in your life.
See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all (1Thess.5.15).
The goal is to ensure that good things are done always hence you must pursue it. Whatever is good for you and good for all is worth pursuing. Pursue it. Keep your focus straight on the right and good things. However, walk away from energy wasters. They will drain you and also quench your desire for the right things.
© Olusola John.