We have two dogs in our family, Gratzi and Poppi. And I must say, my growth as a “dog person” has been slow and steady. At first in our marriage, Leigh-Ann was the sole lover of dogs in our household.
I put up with a dog because I love her…however, I certainly didn’t love the dog. Our first long-term dog was Pepper…and when she was a puppy, she and I had our share of differences 😊. Back then, dress shoes had tassels and she bit off the tassels of two different shoes, which meant I lost two pairs of leather dress shoes.
Time has a way of healing and when we finally had to put her down after twelve years, I admit, I had a lump in my throat. Our next long-term pet was Zoe. She did a lot to win me over, especially toward to end of her life (R.I.P.).
A year ago, we welcomed our COVID puppy Gratzi and now a few months ago we added Poppi. It’s never been my idea to get another dog, however, I’m glad we have them.
There, I said it…. 😊 😊.
These two are great friends and what I like about them is they just love to be touching a human. If they aren’t running around like crazies….they are lying next to someone close enough to touch.
This morning, I was getting ready to roll out of bed after my alarm went off and Poppi jumped up next to me and simply wanted to be touching me….so I stayed in bed a few more minutes. And to be honest, felt great about how our relationship has been progressing.
As I look back over 22 years of dogs in our household, my journey towards acceptance and enjoying pets has been slow and steady.
The Christian life can be like this…at first, you may hear about knowing Jesus and are turned off because you have heard stories about “Christians” who are unloving and judgmental. You may not want to make sacrifices or changes in the way you live your life. You may struggle with what the Bible teaches about morals and objective truth.
However, in a much greater sense than owning a pet, if you continue to pursue a relationship with Jesus, you will discover the sacrifices you make are not only minimal, they are actually for your own well-being. You will also experience companionship and intimacy with God that would have been impossible for you to explain before knowing Jesus. You will also be content to simply rest in the presence of God.
This Sunday, we continue our sermon series in Colossians by looking closely at Colossians 3:5-17. We will focus on what it means to have a relationship with Jesus Christ and for Him to be all and in all.
I sure hope you can join us in person at 8:00, 9:15 (Full KidCity) or 10:45 am, or watch the Livestream on YouTube (Like and Subscribe) or Facebook at 10:45 am.