Chasing Rabbits

by Lee Buford on December 13, 2010

Do you ever think about how much time you spend chasing rabbits? No, not literally, but you know what I mean.

We bounce from task-to-task, call-to-call, and fire-to-fire in a seemingly endless pursuit of accomplishment that leaves us worn out, put out, and burned out. I’ve written before about the negative impact of this busyness in our lives, but simply acknowledging it doesn’t do much in terms of addressing the issue. I make some strides in streamlining my to-do lists and eliminating some things from time to time but, at least for me, the pursuit doesn’t get much better unless I change my focus.

Chasing rabbits almost always involves tasks that have little or no long-term benefit or eternal reward.

Think about these questions. We can go through our days checking the boxes and marking off what we’ve done, but have we really accomplished anything? Have we done anything of significance that’s going to improve the lives of others in any way?

Have we fulfilled the obligations that matter…not just the ones that need to get done?

Have we loved God and others well? Have we led our families, organizations, and teams in a manner befitting our God-given calling.

Have we really accomplished anything of significance, or are we still just chasing rabbits?


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