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The Mechanical Rabbit

  • For to the man who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge, and joy; but to the sinner he gives travail, to gather and to heap up, that he may give to him who pleases God. This also is vanity and a chasing after wind. Ecclesiastes 2:26 WEB

    In dog racing, they have a lure called a mechanical rabbit that runs along a rail beside the race track. At the start of the race, the dogs line up and then chase this rabbit around the track, but no one ever catches it. When the next race comes, the dogs line up again and chase the rabbit. If they were to ever catch it, they would find that it was not nearly as satisfying as they thought, for it would just be a mouthful of hard plastic.

    In the same way, many of us line up each day and chase an uncatchable rabbit. Success, money, career, are all well and fine, but they have to be in balance. God has given His people wisdom, knowledge, and joy. Not merely the drudgery of gathering, collecting, and hoarding. If your main focus is on things and you finally catch it, then you will be disappointed.

    There is a better way: First, delight yourself in the Lord and then He will give you the desires of your heart (Psalms 37:4). Seek the kingdom of God first, and His righteousness and all of these things will be given to you as well (Matthew 6:33). God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6).

    Do not fall into the rut of chasing a mechanical rabbit day after day while running past the most important things in your life, which are not things. When your focus is on the Lord, the things that you desire will begin to chase you, instead of you having to chase them.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father please help me to focus on You and grow my relationship. I choose You Lord, draw my heart. Please work Your perfect will in my life and give me a clear vision of all that You have for me, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: For those following our Creation Photographers group, here is the theme of the week: 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away." - 'The Many Colors of Love' will be our theme leading into the month of February and is wide open for some creative interpretation! Our themes are always open for interpretation and we encourage you to post anything else that inspires you as well. My photos this week (in the group) reflect some of the many colors of love in my life: family love, sister love, mother love, cousin love, God's Love surrounding us, and birding/nature love, just to name a few. May you ALL be surrounded by the many colors of love God has gifted us each day and may you All be the love someone needs today. God bless! Here is the link: Creation Photographers


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Maria Mesia
Maria Mesia Yes pastor Diod. His Holy Spirit guide us to please our Father in heaven as a daily goal. At this a.m. hour I took my hands out of the warm cover to show advocate with action. Bless you all my family in Christ Jesus.
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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Amen
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Susan Petho
Susan Petho

Amen!

Jan 29
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Dear God please work your perfect will in my life Amen

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Kevin J. Eck
Kevin J. Eck

Amen,

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Perry Robertson
Perry Robertson

Amen!

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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen!

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Theresa Bright
Theresa Bright

Amen.

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David &amp; Dianna Earlywine
David & Dianna Earlywine

Amen,Our God is awesome.

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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen ! Our God is so very great we are all so very  bless 

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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen

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Christine Drauch-Scalise
Christine Drauch-Scalise

Thank you for the message today. When owning your own business it seems like daily we chase the mechanical rabbit. I pray that God would take control, because I'm really tired. I know it's probably a part of his plan for me to experience this. I am learning to trust more and more. Please Lord, help me to keep my focus on you instead of the rabbit. Help me to be more thankful instead of more worryful. Amen.

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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen 

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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

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Audry Reddy
Audry Reddy

Amen!!

 

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Ed Frye
Ed Frye

Amen!

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Kathie Byram Lopez
Kathie Byram Lopez

Amen

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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Thank you for this message, Amen!

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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Dear Father thank You for all You do for me, help me to direct all my desires by first looking for You. Lead and show me that is best to follow Your designs by trusting You. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

Thank you Pastor for this message, God bless. 

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Rhonda Jones
Rhonda Jones

Amen.  Thank you for today’s message.  Thank you Lord for keeping me on your track.  PTL

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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen!

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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

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Sandra Colby
Sandra Colby

HALLELUJAH

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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes Lord, amen

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