Thursday, June 23, 2011

Go, Dog, Go!

Our beagle, Sparrow, is quite possibly the sweetest dog that ever lived.  She loves to love others and she lives to be a part of our lives.  She knows her position in the family hierachy and is careful not to try to assume more responsibility than she should.

A prime example of this is when it is time for Sparrow to go out for a walk. Sparrow knows she is not allowed to go out by herself.  Not only that, she knows she belongs to ME.  If Glen and I are both together and Glen tells her, "Come on, Sparrow, let's go for a walk," she will look up at me seemingly for approval to leave.

I have to tell her, "Go!" so that she will actually leave for her walk.  Only then will she get up and go.

Those of us who are Christians hear many voices telling us what we should -- and shouldn't -- do in our lives.  Some of these voices are from other Christians: friends, family, ministers, people we know.  Some of these voices are from people we have never met, who may or may not know the Lord.  Sometimes the voice seems to even come from inside ourselves.

It is of up-most importance that we learn to listen carefully for that One voice, that "still small voice" when we "hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left," (Isaiah 30:21).  We must be certain that the voice we are hearing belongs to the Lord and that the steps we are taking are the steps of His choosing and not our own.

"There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, 
but the end thereof are the ways of death." 
Proverbs 14:12

"The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: 
and he delighteth in His way." 
Psalms 37:23

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