Like a dog with a bone…fixated on gnawing the thing down to nothing. Chewing, scraping, turning it over and gnawing some more.
We have a dog – her name is Sadie and she is a Beagle/Boston Terrier mix. Here is a picture of her.
She loves a fresh bone…and yes, she gets fixated on it.
Humans have some of the same animal tendencies that our pets have and fixation is certainly a common characteristic between us. Now ours are not the literal bone but the metaphorical ones. We get fixated on something and just won’t let it go. Here is a sample list:
– A certain boy or girl
– A certain style or fashion
– A certain car, house, standard of living
– A certain job or career path
– A certain level of income, investments, or wealth strategy
– A hobby, sport, or pleasure
We get fixated on one or more of these and then we give them all that we have! Body, mind, soul, and time, talent, and resources. For what end objective? You see, the bones that Sadie gnaws and chews on, they eventually get down to nothing. They don’t last. She puts a lot of time and effort into them and in the end has nothing to show for it other than clean teeth, healthy gums, and the pleasure of pulverizing it.
Certainly our vision of the end is different. We don’t pursue things with the goal of ending up with nothing.
In the middle of Jesus’ sermon on the mount, he said something about worldly possessions that will be consumed by rust and moth. God told one of the prophets of ancient Judah, a guy by the name of Jeremiah to go and bury a brand new loin cloth. Months later God instructed him to go and dig it up…he found a piece of cloth that was crumbling and falling apart – it was useless.
Most of the things we pursue with reckless abandon, the things we get fixated on are not going to last. So we have to ask ourselves this – in the grand scheme of things, will it matter? Will it have lasting significance to me and to my legacy?
As followers of Jesus Christ, I wish we would hang on to him with everything. That we would give him our all…every ounce of our hearts and our effort because Jesus said that the things of God’s kingdom will last eternally.
Moth, rust, dust, ashes. Or eternal and lasting. What are you gnawing on?