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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.

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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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Deadliest Catch – without the death?

My wife and I are huge fans of Deadliest Catch.  In fact, it’s one of the only shows we watch.  This season is different than the other ones in the past, mainly due to the death of long-time Cornelia Marie captain, Phil Harris.  He was one of the main guys that my wife & I liked.  Of course, we did not know him personally, but the last episodes of this season are really difficult to watch as we’re reliving Captain Phil’s last days.

Contrary to what you may have heard, death is not a natural part of life. We were not created to experience it – that’s why it’s so hard for us to deal with.  God created mankind to be in an unending relationship with Him, filled with joy, peace, and purpose.  Of course, that was messed up when humanity decided that we’d rather “be” god than serve God.  (You can read more about this in Genesis 1-3).

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