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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 circuit, but no one ever catches it. When the next race comes, the dogs line up again and chase the rabbit some more. If they were to ever catch up with it, they would find it wasn't 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, and career are all well and fine, but they have to balance. God has given His people wisdom, knowledge, and joy. Not merely the struggle of gathering, collecting, and hoarding. If your main focus is on things, you will end up disappointed, even if you were to catch it.

    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). When He blesses you, you are really blessed!

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

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

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Kevin J. Eck
Kevin J. Eck Amen, Keep me focused on you Lord!
July 29, 2022
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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Heavenly Father, please help me to focus on You and grow my relationship. I choose You, Lord, draw my heart to You. Please work Your perfect will in my life and give me a clear vision of all You have for me. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen! ❤️
July 29, 2022
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes Lord, amen and amen. 

July 29, 2022
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen

July 29, 2022
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen 

July 29, 2022
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Good Morning Everyone 

July 29, 2022
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walkeredited: July 29, 2022

Amen.  Heavenly Father , i Thank You for all my Blessings.  You take care of all I need.  Amen

July 29, 2022
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen

July 29, 2022
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David  Earlywine
David Earlywine

Help us Jesus to always stay focused on you. Amen 

July 29, 2022
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Dana Rozell
Dana Rozell

Yes Amen!

July 29, 2022
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen,  thank you Jesus 

July 29, 2022
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Bella Colliander
Bella Colliander

Yes, Father help me to focus on only you and trust in all your promises. Amen

July 29, 2022
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David Krull
David Krull

Amen. Draw me closer to You Lord. Restore unto me the joy of my salvation and renew a right spirit in me. 

July 29, 2022
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

I choose You, Lord! Amen.

July 29, 2022
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Thank you Father for meeting all my needs 

July 29, 2022
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Maria Melendez
Maria Melendez

 Amen , God bless everyone !

July 29, 2022
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Thank you for the reminder of God's best gifts, Pastor Dion! Lord, work Your perfect will in my life. Thank you. Amen

July 29, 2022
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Sharon Leonard
Sharon Leonardedited: July 29, 2022

BOY ! ISN'T THAT THE TRUTH ABOUT RUNNING AFTER THE MECHANICAL RABBIT !  WHEN I LOOK BACK ON MY LIFE, I SEE WHERE THE LORD GOD HAS ALWAYS GIVEN ME MORE THAN THE DESIRES OF MY HEART... I TRY MY BEST TO INVITE THE LORD IN EVERYTHING I'M DOING DURING MY DAYS...FIRST I THANK HIM.THEN WE HAVE COFFEE TOGETHER AND CONVERSATIONS, THAT LAY OUT MY DAY...AMAZING SOME OF THE THINGS HE BRINGS TO MY ATTENTION...PRAISE GOD FOR BEING A LOVING FATHER.

XO

SHARON

July 29, 2022
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

July 29, 2022
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David Fabillaran
David Fabillaran

Amen Lord Jesus!

July 29, 2022
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen! 

July 29, 2022
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Marilyn Salter
Marilyn Salter

Yes! I know the blessings the Lord gives me and I am forever thankful. I have dreams in my heart and I await for them to come true. All in Your time Lord and May your blessings continue to flow. I don't want to chase the rabbit!

July 29, 2022
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Sherry McCosh
Sherry McCosh

Amen! I can attest that this is so true! When you make God your number one priority He gives you the desires of your heart and blesses you continually!!!

July 30, 2022