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Chasing Dead Dogs & Fleas

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Sermon shared by Bruce Howell

May 2005
Summary: So many chase after the unimportant and insignificant things of life. The Bible calls us to prioritize in favor of eternal values.
Denomination: Wesleyan
Audience: General adults
Sermon:
Chasing Dead Dogs!

ALL TRULY SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE IN LIFE HAVE BEEN THOSE WHO PRIORITIZED. Furthermore, they had their priorities in order. A businessman, referring to a friend who was devoting most of his time and energy in pursuit of an insignificant matter, said, “He reminds me of a bulldog chasing a train: what’s he going to do with it if he catches it?”

Among the classified ads in the Quay County Sun was this ad: “Farmer with 160 irrigated acres wants marriage-minded woman with tractor. When replying, please show picture of tractor.”

Now there’s a man who has his priorities in order! Wait a minute, now, I didn’t say they were in the right order.

I think its good for us from time to time to take a good hard look at our priorities–to se what order, if any, they are in.

Sylvester Stallone of “Rocky” fame, now middle-aged and married with 4 children, is taking stock of his life–and he doesn’t like everything he sees in his past. “Climbing that mountain of ambition. Being so prolific, put the emphasis on the wrong side of my life.
It didn’t make me feel better,” Stallone said in Parade magazine. “Now I understand what’s sacred.”

He now prefers fatherhood to the whirlwind lifestyle he was leading a few years ago when he dated a different woman every month.

“I didn’t have the extraordinary love of my wife and children. I didn’t have a real home. That started to get very, very old.” said Stallone. “If I were watching a home movie of my life, I would shake my head in despair and wonderment...it’s a comedy of errors.”

Now there’s a man who was unashamed to publicly admit his mistakes and re-prioritize. Everyone prioritizes, some consciously and some unconsciously.

At the Milan Cathedral there are 3 inscriptions over the respective doorways. Over the right-hand door there is this motto: ALL THAT PLEASES IS BUT FOR A MOMENT. Over the left-hand door the words are: ALL THAT TROUBLES IS BUT FOR A MOMENT.
But over the central door there is a simple sentence: NOTHING IS IMPORTANT SAVE THAT WHICH IS ETERNAL.



1 Sam 24:1-22
1 After Saul returned from pursuing the Philistines, he was told, "David is in the Desert of En Gedi."
2 So Saul took three thousand chosen men from all Israel and set out to look for David and his men near the Crags of the Wild Goats.
3 He came to the sheep pens along the way; a cave was there, and Saul went in to relieve himself. David and his men were far back in the cave.
4 The men said, "This is the day the LORD spoke of when he said to you, ’I will give your enemy into your hands for you to deal with as you wish.’" Then David crept up unnoticed and cut off a corner of Saul’s robe.
5 Afterward, David was conscience-stricken for having cut off a corner of his robe.
6 He said to his men, "The LORD forbid that I should do such a thing to my master, the LORD’s anointed, or lift my hand against him; for he is the anointed of the LORD."
7 With these words David rebuked his men and did not allow them to attack Saul. And Saul left the cave and went his way.
8 Then David went out of the cave and called out to Saul, "My lord the king!" When Saul looked behind him, David bowed down and prostrated himself with his face to the ground.
9 He said to Saul, "Why do you listen when men say, ’David is bent on harming you’?
10 This day you have seen with your own eyes how the LORD delivered you
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