My wife and I live in Roseville Mn which is a suburb of the city of St. Paul Mn, and we like it here. Peaceful neighborhood, easy access to highways, shopping, dining, and.. is unofficially the bunny capital of the world. Bunnies are everywhere.
These friends of Bugs (bunny) crisscross our yard constantly. We don't have a garden so they are harmless and cute.. I guess... but what goes on in their little minds as they scamper from here to there and back again. All this is done of course as they travel their literal bunny trails. Then I wonder.. are there 'bad bunnies'.. you know, with tattoos hanging out the street corner smoking cigs and.. sorry, I guess my mind just went on its own bunny trail.
Ok, now it is time to state the obvious.. I am NOT a bunny. but I have traveled my share of bunny trails like the above bunny gang meander. I would even say I even have the 'gift' of veering off topic railroading a conversation deftly interjecting my thoughts that have wandered away from the original subject. How I got there and I how I get back?.. I don't know, maybe I will ask a BUNNY. If no bunny can be found to help me I will segue back by saying "but I digress"
Of course for the most part the literal bunny trails in my yard and the nonsensical bunny trails in my head are harmless. They may be puzzling, possibly frustrating, but seriously no harm no foul. But what about the more serious bunny trails we take? In a world that needs Jesus we are busy with bunny trails... even Pokemon Go trails.. really?
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. Js 1:27
“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Mt 22:37-40 .
There you have it.. all that is important shared economically in just 5 scripture verses, BUT.. what about climbing the corporate ladder, keeping up with the Jones's, and HEY.. Netlix is not gonna watch itself. Maybe you have traveled down the traditional wine, women, and song path, or have become lost on bunny trail of self-doubt spinning in place lacking direction or purpose. All of the above can be definite bunny trails that have nothing to do with Js 1:27 and/or Mt 22:37-40.
I have recently returned to using My Utmost for His Highest devotional by Oswald Chambers. His daily readings are amazing bits of truth that return focus to what is important. My prayer is daily to live a life that loves God in words and deeds. Then Js 1:27 and Mt 22:36-40 are will become my passion, and the rest of life will be bunny trails by comparison.
May God bless your life's journey with focus and purpose, and may He provide hope and direction for those of you off on a bunny trail.
The mutterings on life and faith by cartoonist Jeff Larson