Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Puppy Love

We have a 4-month-old puppy who brings our family lots of joy and a good measure of irritation. She reminds me of a book character named Chewy Louie, who chewed his way through his family’s home – literally. We do okay as long as we remember to provide what the vets call appropriate chew toys. But nobody’s perfect, and so we’ve lost our son’s favorite socks (I had no idea those grody things were so special until too late), an indoor/outdoor thermometer, a couple cookbooks and the like. No homework yet, praise God.

Recently she has been rounding up big sticks in the yard. Good girl! That's an appropriate chew toy in my book. And I’ve noticed that she suddenly cannot decide how much she likes fetching tennis balls. If I throw one for her, she’ll go after it, but tends to carry her latest stick along with her. She gets to the ball, stick in mouth, and can’t figure out what to do. Today she dropped the stick. Picked up the ball, then started to run back, but stopped. Her eyes swiveled toward the stick. She dropped the ball and edged toward the stick. Her head shifted back and forth, as she tried to make up her mind.

Aren’t we like this sometimes? We know what our Master wants but we have a hard time letting go of something we already have. Or we swivel indecisively between two alternatives and sometimes try unsuccessfully to mesh the two together. The Bible is clear that we cannot serve both God and the world. We must choose which we will follow. Trying to please both - God and the world - gets us in trouble.

Has He given you clear direction on a matter? Will you drop the stick and go after His will with determination? He is waiting to bless the one whose heart is right toward Him.

"But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well." Matthew 6:33