Friday, May 31, 2013

All Dogs (Don't) Go to Heaven

Do not labor for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life...
John 6:27

       We just got a puppy. Never before has my family raised a dog or even owned a dog; thus, much preparation was poured into this new adventure. Through loads of research, we learned dogs can sense people’s emotions in their actions and tones. Excited talking winds canines up, and stomping irritably generates nervous skittishness, so we carefully check ourselves and our voices around the puppy. 

      Yet how often do we watch ourselves when we talk to each other? Do we examine our tone of voice when speaking to our siblings? Do we consider our emotional reactions as our children observe us? Over and over we teach a dog a command, spending hours calmly disciplining the pup when it disobeys, and then we neglect the disciplining of our children and wonder why they do not listen. We try hard to raise our pets correctly, but often fail to put the same effort into raising our children. 

       What is more valuable: animals or relationships? Which will make an impact that will last in eternity? Where do our values truly lie, in the creatures God has given us dominion over, or in the people God has created in His own image whom He instructs us to train up in the way they should go?


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