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Puppies, Butterflies, and a Savior

The following is from “No Wonder They Call Him Savior” from Max Lucado.  I highly recommend the book & wanted to share his thoughts here with you.

Puppies, Butterflies and a Savior

When I was ten years old, I had a puppy named Tina. You would have loved her. She was the perfect pet. An irresistible, pug-nosed Pekingese pup. One ear fell over and the other ear stood straight up. She never tired of playing and yet never got in the way.

Her mother died when she was born so the rearing of the puppy fell to me. I fed her milk from a doll bottle and used to sneak out at night to see if she was warm. I’ll never forget the night I took her to bed with me only to have her mess on my pillow. We made quite a pair. My first brush with parenthood.

One day I went into the backyard to give Tina her dinner. I looked around and spotted her in a corner near the fence. She had cornered a butterfly (in as much as one can corner a butterfly!) and was playfully yelping and jumping in the air trying to catch the butterfly in her mouth. Amused, I watched her for a few minutes and then called to her.http://www.aplacetolovedogs.com/wp-content/uploads/butterflies-are-free.jpg

“Tina! Come her, girl! It’s time to eat!”

What happened next surprised me. Tina stopped her playing with the butterfly and looked at me. But instead of immediately scampering to me, she sat back on her haunches. The she tilted her head back looked at the butterfly, then looked back at me, then back to the butterfly and then back at me again. For the first time in her life, she had to make a decision.

Her “want to” longed to pursue this butterfly, to continue to play with it as it tauntingly awaited her in midair. Her “should” knew she was supposed to stop and obey her master. A classic struggle of the will: a war between the “want” and the “should”. This same question faces every adult at one time or another.

So, what did my puppy do? She chased the butterfly! Scurrying and barking, jumping and leaping, she ignored my call, the call of her master and chased that silly butterfly until it flew over the fence.

That is when the guilt hit. Read More…

The Hill of Regret

The following is from “No Wonder They Call Him Savior” from Max Lucado.  I highly recommend the book & wanted to share his thoughts here with you.

While Jesus was climbing up the hill of Calvary, Judas was climbing another hill—the hill of regret. He walked it alone. Its trail was rock-strewn with shame and hurt. Its landscape was as barren as his soul. Thorns of remorse tore at his ankles and calves. The lips that had kissed a king were cracked with grief. And on his shoulders he bore a burden that bowed his back—his own failure.

Why Judas betrayed his master is really not important. Whether motivated by anger or greed, the end result was the same—regret.

A few years ago I visited the Supreme Court. As I sat in the visitors’ chambers, I observed the splendor of the scene. The chief justice was flanked by his colleagues. Robed in honor, they were the apex of justice. They represented the efforts of countless minds through thousands of decades. Here was man’s best effort to deal with his own failures.

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On Good Friday, I will worship only Jesus!

Today is Good Friday, a day in which we remember Christ’s death on the cross for the sins of the world.

Google reminded me that the holiday that I actually should be celebrating is Earth Day.

This, in turn, reminded me of a Bible verse:

“They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen.” – Romans 1:25(NLT)

We can & should be good stewards of our planet, but we must refuse to worship the god of environmentalism.  We must worship only Jesus Christ.