Our Cavashon, affectionately called, “Mr. No-No,” enjoys coming into my office and laying at my feet while I write. He brings in countless bones, chewy’s, tuggie ropes. balls, Kongs and other toys until he is surrounded. I must step gingerly if I get up, so I don’t get hurt stepping on one.
While I was in my office writing one morning, he once again at my feet, got up and moved away. I heard him sadly whimpering. I thought he simply wanted to get out to get a sip of water, but that wasn’t it. Looking up, I noticed he was staring at his toy box on the other side of the glass door, lusting after yet another slobbery toy.
“But I really want that one,” he seemed to incessantly whine at me. “If only I can have that one I won’t ask for another thing again. I promise!!!”
“Sorry buddy,” I said as I continued to write, “I’m not getting up just so you can get another icky toy. Lay down now.” (I talk to the little guy like he’s a regular person.) He kept whining but sometimes “one must be more stubborn than a Lhasa apso” (another dog blog post reference) and he eventually gave up and laid down, probably dreaming how I was the worst mom ever.
He had 52 other items he could play with and yet he believed something different and new would bring him ultimate happiness.
How like us too! Who is our God? We sometimes choose materialistic items, money, power or prestige over our Lord and family. What values does that teach our children? God has blessed us so abundantly and yet we strive for things that will become dust, for emotional highs which fade away over time and items that have no lasting value.
“Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things.” (Philippians 3:19)
What about our food choices? God generously gave us an abundance of nutritious items that not only sustain us, but will produce a vibrant life.
Yet we choose nutrient-deprived pretzels, chips, bacon burgers, diet sodas and sugary candy over strawberries, dark chocolate, avocados and nuts because sugary idols will bring ultimate happiness, right?
Actually they do but that’s a half-truth – and who is the master of half-truths? Satan. Sugary drinks, candy and junk food with its dyes, artificial colors, sugars and preservatives, will lift our spirits for awhile because of their addictive chemicals.
But then comes the blood sugar crash. When that happens, our blood sugar and pH becomes acidic, which makes us grumpy, jittery, weak and miserable to be around. Without nutrients we also have no way to convert carbohydrates, fats and protein into energy so we’re only consuming empty calories and gaining weight.
To our pup, doggie hell looks like deprivation. To him I’m the godly master who is mean- spirited, restricting all his fun. He focuses on his presumed deprivation, just as we do sometimes. He conveniently forgets the abundant nutritious treats he gets when he behaves properly.
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10)
The thief is Satan who wants nothing more than to destroy our earthly temple mentally, physically and spiritually.
But our Lord wants us to enjoy an abundant life! One way we can do so is live by His recommended nutritional guidelines found in Genesis 1:29 and Genesis 9:3.
Be Content, Count your Blessings, Honor God, Live Abundantly!