Are you Wonderful?

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Do you view yourself as a wonderful person?  If you are inclined to say yes, what standard are you using to come to that conclusion?  Being loved, is one of our most basic needs.  If we are loved, we often conclude we must be wonderful.  Pets, especially dogs, love us unconditionally.  Unconditional love transcends the matter of whether we are a good person or not.  These special creatures are models of God’s love.

Thankfully, God’s love is not predicated on whether or not we are a good person.

Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good.  But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.  And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation…So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God. Romans 5:7-9, 11 NLT

Human Failure

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Only human.  This quote accurately portrays humans as imperfect beings vulnerable to failure.  As we travel through life, it is clear that some of these human failures can be devastating.  Thankfully, relationships we have made with others as we journey provide the necessary framework needed to make forgiveness and restoration possible.  In matters with eternal consequences, it is a personal relationship with God, not a membership in religious institution that provides authentic hope for forgiveness and restoration of the human soul.

Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.  Hebrews 11:1 NLT

 

When disaster strikes!

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Its good to have my computer back.  I survived an operating system crash and have the use of my computer once again.  A couple of years ago I was not so fortunate and lost every bit of my data to a hard drive failure.

My advice to everyone is make sure your data is being backed up on a regular basis.  I feel like a blessed person today to still have my data, including my book manuscript.

This verse is taken out of context but it does apply to life in general,” When people are saying, “Everything is peaceful and secure,” then disaster will fall on them as suddenly as a pregnant woman’s labor pains begin. And there will be no escape.” 1 Thessalonians 5:3

Your Capacity for Love

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I love this quote.

As I was researching material for my book, I found myself turning to my Bible to see how dogs were portrayed in scripture.  In the book of  Genesis all of creation was declared “good” by God.  Then, after the flood of Noah’s day dogs fell victim to their own bad and unacceptable behavior.  Because of this dogs assumed a deplorable identity in scripture.

But yet dogs of today are highly valued, loved and esteemed.  What has caused this change?  It is my view that mankind’s relationship with dogs had a “redeeming” effect on them.  Today, our beloved pets are committed to the way of love.

When I see how dogs have responded to man’s love and affection, and consider my use of the word “redeemed,” I find myself reflecting on my own redemption and how I have responded to God’s love and affection.  Am I committed to the way of love?  Is my relationship with God such that I find it difficult to live without Him?

First

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I am working on another chapter in my upcoming book.  This chapter is going to be called, “First,” given the fact that my dog, Lucky, experienced many firsts as a puppy.  When I consider the word “first,” my mind wants to take me to so many different places. Consider these possibilities of the word and see where your mind takes you:

  • Doing something for the first time. A phrase also comes to mind, “there’s a first time for everything.”
  • The lowest item of significance in a game or structured activity such as first base in baseball (you can’t score without advancing past 1st base).
  • First prize, besting all others in a given event or activity.
  • First day of a each new month, a renewing process that propels us through the calendar year.
  • A word associated with the letter “A” or the number “1.”  Is One the loneliest number? (a Three Dog Night song)
  • The beginning or first task required in sequential tasks.  I’ve been told many times, “Do this first!” or “First things first!”
  • Favorite person or thing, “numeral uno!” or BFF (best friend forever).
  • Prioritizing a person, relationship or time at the expense of all others.  Remembering one’s wedding vows or recounting a salvation experience.cropped-img_0884

As my dog aged to adulthood, we grew closer together because of the many experiences we shared.  I became his numeral uno, his first priority.   He ultimately spent hours waiting for me to come home from work just so we could share a few minutes doing one of his favorite activities.

In my reflections, which I include in the book after each chapter, I observed Lucky’s dedication and devotion to me and it caused me to consider my own priorities in life. What am I doing to prioritize the important people in my life, especially the God I serve?