In honor of my dog-loving kids I’ve decided to run a 3 Part Series called LESSONS FROM THE FAMILY DOG. Here’s the last one, Lesson #3 Don’t Eat What The Dog’s Eating. If you haven’t gotten to read the others, here is Lesson #1 Live with Doggie On The Bone Tenacity & Lesson #2 Don’t Be Found Yanking a Dog’s Ears.
Don’t Eat What The Dog’s Eating
“As a dog returns to its vomit, so fools repeat their folly.”
Proverbs 26:11 NIV
Every time I read this verse I kind of laugh. I grew up on a farm so I’ve gotta admit, I’ve seen it happen and it’s as gross as you’re thinking.
People say they don’t read the Bible because it’s boring or outdated and I just don’t get it? I feel God likes to speak with shock-value at times, and this is one of those verses. It’s like He’s trying to jar us awake by His words; using the most vivid and yes, most disgusting imagery possible, but doesn’t it get the message across like no other statement could?
Don’t Eat What The Dog’s Eating
I know that goes without saying, but let’s apply this principle of not going back to something even your body knew was bad for you, to your everyday life. This quote from Albert Einstein might clarify things and say it in a gentler, maybe more politically correct, yet forward way:
Recently I’ve had to make changes in my personal life and business that were hard to do, but I have accepted they were ways that weren’t working. It would be foolish to continue repeating my actions and expect it to work out.
Ecclesiastes 3 teaches there is a time for everything and verse 6 says there is “a time to search and a time to give up.”
My personality is great at the first part of this verse. I love to search out new things, but I don’t always know when it’s time to give up and try something new. I don’t like ‘quitting’, but…
Sometimes giving up isn’t quitting;
it’s closing one door so you can open another and find the way that’s right for you.
I believe the message God wants to speak to some of you today is…
Stop Repeating Things that don’t work.
And then…ask God what He does want you to do?
Father…I’m struggling with this word today. I like to know what I’m doing and have consistency in my life. I’m not a fan of change and I don’t like admitting something I’ve been doing isn’t working. I think I can fix it but I can’t. Please help me to open up my ears, listen for Your direction and walk through the right door. I will stop what you say to stop and start what you say to start, for Your ways are higher. In Jesus Name…Amen
If you liked the refreshing in this #SoulH2O devotion, you love my latest Soul H2O Devotional book: 40 Thirst Quenching Devotions for Women.
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