Staying Focused

A tale is told of a gifted bloodhound in England that started a hunt by chasing a full-grown male deer.

Bloodhound running

During the chase, a fox crossed his path, so he began to chase the fox.

Then, a rabbit crossed his hunting path, so he began to chase the rabbit.

After chasing the rabbit for a while, a tiny field mouse crossed his path, and he chased the mouse to the corner of a farmer’s barn.

What happened to the dog? He lost focus. He forgot the mission, the purpose, the goal of the hunt. He got distracted, and distracted again. He ended up ‘majoring in the minors’, as the saying goes. He left off pursuit of the prize to chase booby prizes.

So easy to do— especially in today’s world, where there are so many distractions— TV and the internet, just to name two. You can’t even eat at McDonalds or sit in a doctor’s waiting room without having TV in your face.

But we must stay focused on our goal, which is the prize of the high calling in Christ Jesus:

… I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 3:12-14



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