Cleaned, Redeemed, & Esteemed

Hey y’all… how’s your mama and ’em?

IMG_6227Most people know that our family is particularly fond of Golden Retrievers.  (They put the “gold” in Sivils and Gold.)  We currently have three Golden’s: Cosmo age nine, Boondocks age seven, and Faith age two.  My daughter Dacey has always marched to the beat of her own drum and so required a dog from her own favorite breed of choice – the Border Collie.  Dacey saved babysitting money for the good part of a summer to purchase Flash.  When Dacey got Flash a couple of years ago, her plans had been to stay home and commute to college, and so we allowed her to bring him home.  Little did we know, Dacey would not be staying at home, but Flash would.

Flash is a great dog.  Border Collies are ranked number one in intelligence out of all dog breeds.  Flash is a grand representative of that breed trait.  One thing about Border Collies though is that because they are so intelligent, they require work.  If you do not find them something productive for them to do, they will often find something destructive to do.  While Dacey has been at school, Flash has become a mostly outside dog.  We bring him in to sleep at night but for the most part, during the day, he’s outside.  Dacey loves on Flash when she’s home on the weekend, but once she’s gone, back outside he goes.  While playing with my Golden’s this past week, I thought it was ashamed that Flash did not enjoy the same privileges and comforts of the Golden’s.  While he possesses the potential to be a great agility or trick dog, he’s been resigned to a life outside of running circles around the backyard.  I determined to spend more time with Flash and make him as much a part of the family as my beloved Golden Retrievers.  I brought him inside and gave him a bath.

Flash is a typical black and white Border Collie.  Months of going without a bath and playing in a muddy backyard had left the white part of his coat dingy and dull.  I took great care as I bathed him to restore his coat to pristine condition.  When I finished bathing him, he shined.  We brought him into the living room where he sat in my lap for a few hours.  He seemed relaxed and content.  When it came time to let the dogs back outside to potty, he rushed out with the pack.  But when the Golden’s returned, Flash stayed behind to run laps around the backyard.  We pleaded with him to come inside.  No amount of bribery was enough.  He was back wallowing in the mud that I’d just worked so hard to cleanse him of.  

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Titus 3:3-7 (NLT) reads, “Once we, too, were foolish and disobedient. We were misled and became slaves to many lusts and pleasures. Our lives were full of evil and envy, and we hated each other. But—  When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit. He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior.  Because of his grace he made us right in his sight and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life.”

Flash eventually came back inside.  Once he realized we were inviting him to be part of the family, that his days of running circles in the backyard had been replaced with air conditioning and all of the love and attention his heart could ever desire, he was able to rest confidently, secure in his place in our home and lives.  Because we as believers have been washed by the blood of the Lamb, we too can rest secure in the hope of our place with Christ throughout eternity.       

Don't forget yourbig appetite!  

 

Have a blessed week, y’all! 

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