“Picking Them Up And putting Them Down Again”

 Hey Everybody,
How easy is it for us to let the “urgent” squeeze the “important” out of our lives?  It’s Super easy because life gets hectic and busy and when it gets hectic and busy we go into “survival mode.”  We usually think, “Hey, as soon as I reach a quieter place…a “Rest Area” I’ll slow down and get some rest and renewed focus.” Here’s one of the biggest problems with that thought process…It reminded me of a story I read the other day and thought about how easy it is to get caught in this world’s vortex of busyness.  How it can drag us along if we’re not careful….

” A Tacoma, Washington newspaper carried the story of Tattoo the basset hound a while back. Tattoo didn’t intend to go for an evening run, but when his owner shut the dog’s leash in the car door and took off for a drive with Tattoo still outside the vehicle, he had no choice.

Motorcycle officer Terry Filbert notice a passing vehicle with something dragging behind it. He commented that the poor basset hound was, “picking them up and putting them down as fast as he could.” He chased the car to a stop, and Tattoo was rescued. But not before the dog had reached a top speed of 25 miles per hour, falling down and rolling over several times.”

Too many of us are living our lives like Tattoo, picking them up and putting them down as fast as we can—rolling around and feeling dragged through life.  Hoping that someone will stop the speeding car we’re caught in.

No wonder the Apostle Paul tells us “not to be conformed to the image of this world, but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds.”  Please know you each are in my prayers daily as the world seeks to drag us along, and we feel like we’re picking them up and putting them down as quickly as we can.  It is my prayer that you will be carried along by God’s Spirit and protected by His amazing grace.

And may we remember the call of Jesus in this hectic and busy world….”Come to me all of you that are weary and burdened and you will find rest for your soul…”  Jesus is an amazing “Rest Area!!!!”


His servant and yours,



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