With our younger dogs there’s this rule we have to remind ourselves that they believe.
If it’s on the floor, it’s a chew toy.
We didn’t make the rule, they did, but we have to work to get them to understand it’s not a rule. They don’t seem to comprehend the importance of any object, whether it’s a pair of flip-flops, earphones, an electric cord, a crucial computer component that’s expensive and very hard to replace or a leg chair. If it’s on the floor, then it’s a chew toy.
My wife and I were at WalMart a while back and she suggested we buy some chew toys for the dogs. We went to the pet section and the cheapest they had was $3, and it looked exactly like the chew toy we’d bought for them earlier that they pretty much ignore. I took my wife to the shoe section and there were flip-flops $2 a pair. We bought 3 pair.
So, I started wondering what it was that we as humans do, that to God is the same as a dog destroying whatever was handy for their amusement. Being rude to whoever is nearby when we are in a bad mood? Making jokes at someone else’s expense? Whining about people who are concerned about the world because we’d rather be entertained? Making comments we know will be taken wrong, just so we can see if we can tick someone off and start some “drama”?
Nah, people would never do stuff like that.
“These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.”—Proverbs 6:16-19