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Do Dogs Go to Heaven?

I think God will have prepared everything for our perfect happiness. If it takes my dog being there [in Heaven], I believe he’ll be there.

Rev. Billy Graham

I often marvel at the wonder of God’s creation, from the crashing sea to snow-capped mountains and the beauty and artistry of everything in between. Today, I must reflect on my dog, Copper, whose long life on this earth came to a close today just shy of 16 years.  The dog is well-named as man’s best friend, as there is no greater example of the kind of friend we are each called to be.  What other creature is so loyal and selfless and joyful?  Like many others, I arrive at the question:  Do dogs go to heaven? Continue reading

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talented God talent Matthew American Idol William Hung I was listening to a CD in the car yesterday I haven’t heard in a while.  I had the sunroof and windows open, the radio cranked, and I was giving ol’ Bono an enthusiastic accompaniment.  I can really sing.  By which, I mean that I enjoy it: in the car, in the shower, in the rows at church…. I’m not saying anybody else enjoys it, mind you, but I have a good time.  As much as I enjoy it, though, singing is definitely NOT one of my talents. I don’t need Simon Cowell to tell me to keep my day job.

I must admit that I have been jealous of the musically talented at points in my life.  The truth is, it’s no good to get caught up in that.  God gives everybody some talent, but not in the same things and not equally.  The real question is:  Are you using what talent God did give you for His glory and His kingdom?  Do you use your talent to serve others or do you only serve yourself? Are you even using the talent God gave you?  Did you know the English word talent comes from a New Testament parable? Continue reading

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Foolishness and My Dog (a different proverb)

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We usually shut our 15 year old beagle in the living room when we leave the house.
He’s old, he’s lethargic and sleeps all the time, and he hates his kennel.  He behaves perfectly well in the living room.

But he’s the Tasmanian Devil in the kitchen.   He got in it today while we were at church. Continue reading

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Why v. And then…

page turner ask God why Thirty-One Thirty One proverbs gifts work at home stay at home husband H.O.T. business opportunity income employment jobI’ve been reading Harry Potter to the girls after bedtime devotion and prayers.  They’re fun reads, with good vocabulary and great themes of bravery, good v. evil, selflessness and the power of unconditional love.  Leah, my eight year old, has a bad habit some nights of interrupting a particular section and asking “Why?”.  I find this more frustrating than I should.  Perhaps it’s because I’ve already read the whole thing before and I know that the “why” she wants is usually irrelevant to the story, or is often answered by what happens next.  If she’d just listen and enjoy the ride there’s a great and exciting story with a happy ending to follow.  Getting caught up in “why” just interferes with hearing the story.

There has been a lot of tragedy going around our corner of the world in the last 6 months.  It is easier to see the potential workings of God in some of it than others.  The loss of a job could mean a better job around the corner and more time with family now.  A severe injury can lead to miraculous healing, or inspiring others through God’s provision and endurance.  A young person or parent with young children contracting terminal cancer is a lot harder to comprehend.

It’s easy to get consumed with wanting to know why God would allow such a thing to happen.  In times like this, it can be good to remember Leah.  Refuse to get sidetracked in the why of your story.  Instead, concern yourself with what happens next.

“And then, she did the bravest thing imaginable…”

“And then, for the first time, he completely gave his life over to God’s will…”

“And then, she understood her need for God and salvation through His Son Jesus Christ…”

“And they were adding to their number daily…”

We know how the story ends.  We know Jesus is the hero. We know that His side wins. We know that those who believe in Him shall not perish.   Keep in perspective that all of life’s triumphs and tragedies are a part of HIStory, and be determined to be more concerned with the “and then” and leave the “why” to Him. (And then, He will give you the strength to do it.)

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