What Rabbit Are You Chasing?

What are you pursuing in life? At the end of your life when you’ve achieved everything you set out to achieve, what will you have? What are you giving your life to?

I recently came across this illustration that challenged me to think about what I’m pursuing.

When greyhounds race they chase a mechanical rabbit. ?The mechanical rabbit whirls around the track with the greyhounds in hot pursuit. In a typical race the dogs never catch the rabbit. But in one race, the mechanical rabbit broke and the greyhounds actually caught it. And when they did, they didn’t know what to do with it. ?They stood around this fake rabbit yelping and barking, totally confused.

This is a picture of how so many spend their lives. Chasing something they think will satisfy them only to discover, and often too late, that what they were pursuing was empty and meaningless in the light of eternity. So many things we spend so much time running hard after in this life will have no value in the next life. ?How many people realize moments after they pass into eternity that they spent all their lives chasing a mechanical rabbit?

The apostle Paul says, “I had the rabbit and I found out it was fake. I’ve thrown away all my fake rabbits for the one thing that matters most, Jesus Christ. ?I want to gain him and know him and experience his resurrection power. That’s what matters in this life. ?That’s what I’m running after, and straining to gain.”

But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. ?Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith- that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.

Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. ?Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, ?I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:7-14

How about you? What are you looking for? What are you chasing? Will you be disappointed when you leave this world? I’ve been asking myself these questions. I don’t want to wind up at the end of my life with a fake rabbit. I want to have a treasure that will last forever.

Mark Altrogge

I’m a pastor at Saving Grace Church in Indiana, PA. I’m married to Kristi, have 5 kids, and a growing number of grandkids. I enjoy songwriting, oil painting and coffee, not necessarily in that order.