My dog, Sookie, has a sensitive stomach. It is so sensitive that she hasn’t had a food brand change in the several years we’ve had her. Even an off-brand snack can mean extra clean up on the sun room floor. In spite of all of that, she will eat anything that she can manage to get her grubby little paws on.
She's learned to open the kitchen door and the cabinet door that houses the trash. She has eaten chocolate advent calendars off of the dining room table and has sipped my iced coffee like a Starbucks pro. She stays directly under my feet as I cook and snatches anything I drop so quickly that I’m fairly certain it defies the laws of physics. She clearly hasn’t read her owner’s manual to know that dogs don’t do well with things like onion and cinnamon.
Why would she continue to do something that makes her sick? Why would she keep listening to her nose instead of her years of sickening experience? I don’t know, but I have learned not to judge her because I’m no better at all. Unless we are very intentional, we, too, repeat what we know. But there is hope!
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come”. 2 Corinthians 5:17
We don’t have to cling to those things that aren’t safe, physically or emotionally healthy, or holy. We don’t have to be run by anything but the Holy Spirit. This scripture may shrink the timeline a bit, though. It may take a long time to live the life God wants for us, but please begin. Piece by piece, God will recreate you into His Disciple; precious, whole, vibrant and Spirit-led.
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Rev. Jana Quisenberry is the minister at Brightwood Christian Church. She's an ordained pastor in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). A graduate of Transylvania University in Lexington, KY and Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, IN, She now resides in Mt. Lebanon with her husband, two children, and dog, Sookie. Pastor Jana loves the church, science fiction, and coffee.
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