DayBreaks for 9/23/16 – Lessons My Dog Taught Me, #36
From the DayBreaks archive, September 2006:
Lesson: never pretend to be something you’re not.
Casper is my white boxer. He’s eagerly awaiting his second birthday (in December), hoping that he’ll get a new chew toy of some kind. He has rather figured out that I have a soft spot the size of Alaska in my heart for him, so when he gives me hints about what he wants for birthdays or Christmas, he’s got a good idea that he’ll get them!
He is still full of puppy. A rather large and rambunctious puppy at that. There are times when we (especially my wife!) wonder if he’ll ever grow up.
There are times when he tries to act like a docile, innocent creature, but his eyes and tail always wind up giving him away. He may be able to act like there’s no mischief in his body for a while, but his eyes give him away quickly, the tail starts to move from side to side, and the real Casper comes out to play once again. I can’t imagine how hard it must be for him to “sit” or lay down and control his energy. It looks like a Herculean effort!
God looks at us and sees us as we are, not as we are pretending to be before Him. Just as Casper knows there are times when I wish he’d just lay down and be quiet, I know there are times God wants me to just follow Him and behave myself. So, I’ll sometimes pretend to be paying attention to Him (because I know He wants me to!), when deep inside I’m really struggling to restrain myself. I sometimes wonder who it is that I’m really trying to fool: God, others, or myself. I wind up, ultimately, not fooling any of them, for my old sin nature sneaks back out and rather than resting in God, I’m jumping and leaping all over creation, getting in trouble again.
When Casper breaks out of his innocent-little-puppy mode, it can be disastrous both for him and anyone in close proximity. The same is true of us as humans. We are dangerous and the havoc we wreak can be very hurtful, even deadly. While the stingray that took the life of Steve Irwin looked docile, it wasn’t harmless, and it cost Irwin his life.
May we all beware of things that are not what they seem, and of hypocrisy in our own lives.
PRAYER: Jesus, you know better than anyone the danger of people putting on a show and pretending to be something that they aren’t. The religious leaders of your day were experts at it, but sadly, so are many of us. Help us to set aside our attempts to appear holy and righteous so that we might truly BE holy and righteous. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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