DayBreaks for 6/13/18: Of Dogs, Tickets and the Devil
From the DayBreaks archive, June 2008:
AVONDALE, Ariz. – An Arizona man said his 3-year-old Labrador retriever was so excited for the Super Bowl that he devoured two very expensive tickets to the game.
Chris Gallagher, of Avondale, Ariz., said he asked that a courier slip the envelope containing two Super Bowl XLII tickets under his doormat but the envelope was instead inserted under the door — and into the waiting jaws of his dog, Buddy, The Arizona Republic reported Tuesday.
Gallagher said the tickets, which he purchased for friends, were valued at $900 apiece. However, he said the seller assured him that the tickets can be replaced in time for game day. The dog owner said the tickets were only the latest of Buddy’s many victims, which have included sunglasses, shoes and footballs. “He’s a trouble-maker,” Gallagher told the Republic. “But he looks at you with those big eyes and you can’t be mad for long.”
If you’re a long-time DayBreaks reader, you’ll know I love dogs. In fact, as I sit here writing this, my wife’s dog is sleeping at my feet, and mine is curled up on his favorite chair (he thinks of it as his “throne”) about 8 feet away. So, don’t get me wrong – I love dogs. And their big eyes can melt my heart and resistance in the tick of a clock! And that, I’m quite convinced, is fine.
Sadly, in one way, Satan is a lot like my dog. While Casper (my dog) can be full of mischief and playfulness, Satan can also appear as innocent as can be…looking at us with big eyes, tricking us into thinking he’s not dangerous. “Aw, come on! This’ll be fun!”
Why is it that I can go from being furious at Satan one moment to falling for his stories and his big eyes the next? Casper (my dog) wants nothing more than to be loved and to play. Satan hates me. He hates you. He doesn’t want to bring us happiness or joy. He’s great at the bait and switch – let us think something will bring us happiness – and then when we’re into it too far to easily get out, he lowers the hammer on us. Satan doesn’t want to play. He wants to kill. Don’t fall for his “soulful eyes”!
PRAYER: God, we are so easily misled by the innocent look of temptation! Let us see Satan as he truly is and not be fooled by his deceit. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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