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There’s an old story told of a talented bloodhound in England that to his masters delight started a hunt by chasing a beautiful buck. During the chase a fox crossed his path, so he began now to chase the fox. 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. The bloodhound had begun the hunt chasing a prized deer for his master and wound up barking at a tiny mouse.

It is a rare person who doesn’t occasionally struggle with the distractions that are all around us, an even more so in 2020. There were so many unprecedented and disruptive events which unfolded throughout the year that it has been hard for many organizations, Churches and individuals to focus on what is really important.

Sometimes it’s the small things that we forget to take care of, and those events can have huge consequences, One New Year’s Day years ago, in the Tournament of Roses parade, a beautiful float suddenly sputtered and quit. It was out of gas. The whole parade was held up until someone could get a can of gas. The amusing thing was this float was sponsored by the Standard Oil Company. One of the biggest oil companies of all time. They had more fuel than you could imagine but none where it was needed in that moment. The same might be said about many Christians, God has promised us the resources needed to finish the mission but we’re too distracted to prepare..

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