- Wealth, (Booty for pirates!)
- Success/Status - success as a naval office, merchantmen, or privateer would often increase one's social status
- Fame - If the ship was a pirate ship or privateer or a naval vessel that captured many prizes, you could indeed become famous!
- Education: Learn the ropes, learn how to sail
- Power - Move up in position of authority on board
- Beauty - get a nice sun tan!
But the Apostle Paul says in Philippians 3:7-8
But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ.
For my determined purpose is that I may know Him. That I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly, and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection, and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed in spirit into His likeness even to His death. Philippians 3:10
"But I've been horrible. I've done too many bad things."
But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the supreme and heavenly prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling us upward. Philippians 3:13-14
Jesus calls you upward. Never downward. He calls you forward, never backyard. So, go to Him. Make knowing Him your life's goal. And hang on! Cause He loves great adventures!