In life we all are in pursuit of something. Many are in the pursuit of happiness. Many are in pursuit of the American Dream. Many are in pursuit of nice home. Many are in pursuit of a nice car. Many are in pursuit of financial freedom. Many are in pursuit of the perfect spouse or mate. Many are in pursuit of academic success. Many are in pursuit of status. None of these things are inherently wrong or bad. However all of these things sends you on a chase of empty fulfillment. The moment you get the car you realize it doesn't do it. The moment you get the house you realize it doesn't do it. The moment you reach the financial freedom you realize it doesn't do it etc.
The Apostle Paul had a God-size burden to advance the gospel. This burden led to great hardship from lashings, to being shipwrecked, and even imprisonment. However Paul had what many of us long for and that is fulfillment. Paul rejoiced in his hardships and his sufferings and his imprisonments not because he knew brighter days were ahead but because he knew it was for the advancement of God's agenda. He knew what he was enduring was bigger than his self and was God inspired, God designed, and God approved. There is nothing more fulfilling in life than living out your God giving purpose!!
So here are some things to pursue that won't leave you hanging. Pursue peace as the writers of Romans, and Hebrews suggest. Pursue the good works Christ created us anew to do. You ever notice that there is a small sense of fulfillment you feel when you reach out to the least of them in some act of compassion? Yeah? Its because God-size burdens brings fulfillment.
What is your God-size burden? What is that thing that is bigger than yourself that you are willing to give your life to?
Scripture Reference: Phil., Romans, 1. Cor. 2, Cor.