My dog Faith wasn't feeling good this morning and threw up a few times.
When she came back inside I fed her some dogfood.
It's the kind with several colors and flavors.
Just watching her 'cracked.me.up.' as she picked out the pieces she didn't like and
chucked them babies out of the bowl and across the floor.
(Those were probably the pieces that were good for her, she just liked the
other ones more.) [EXHIBIT A]
I was thinking about my Pastors sermon on Sunday on the book of Jude.
He asked us,
"Are you a cut and paste type of person?"
"Do you pick and choose?"
We tend to be just like my dog Faith, don't we?
We take the stuff we don't like in the bible and chuck it across the floor (like a piece of Beneful)...
and we choose the stuff we like.
Possibly the reason we're sick (like poor Faithy)
is because we're not ingesting those hard things that will bring health to our soul.
Of course we prefer grace and forgiveness and love, especially when we're blowing it.
But how about sacrifice and discipline and surrender ---
those pieces aren't quite as "yummy".
Hebrews 12:11 says, "No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. LATER ON, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it."
(emphasis mine...I love hearing about LATER ON when our 'give it to me now' culture is so preoccupied with NOW! Oh yeah, and my sinful nature. ;-/