This is a continuing saga of the immature dog. How I want her to grow up, to become mature, because when I keep her in the garage at night, she takes that as license to grab anything she can, and call it fair game to test her ability to destroy it. As a young dog, she feels she is strong enough to take a small log, (actually bigger than her) and carry it around, and she doesn't realize that she wipes out anything in her path, including humans, who so foolishly let her wander around them with a big log in her mouth. But then I remember, she is still a young dog, a pup really, and loves to act like one. I know that one day she will mature into a fully adult dog, and will act differently. But then the Lord uses this for another application, as if to say to me, "What's your excuse?" How many times must He wonder whether I, or we, will ever grow up. We are supposed to be mature, not being children, but being mature believers in a world that likes to stay immature. We are told in Scripture: "Brothers, I was not able to speak to you as spiritual people but as people of the flesh, as babies in Christ. I gave you milk to drink , not solid food, because you were not yet ready for it. In fact, you are still not ready, because you are still fleshly. For since there is envy and strife among you, are you not fleshly and living like unbelievers? For whenever someone says, 'I'm with Paul, and another, 'I'm with Apollos,' are you not unspiritual people?" 1 Corinthians 3:1-4 Wait a minute, I'm as mature as the next person, it's just that they are not mature, and it just starts again. God why are you teaching me through my dog? Am I that hard of hearing? Am I still unspiritual in my maturity because I say things I shouldn't say, or think things I shouldn't think? We have come to think of our spirituality, not in terms of how we act in the quietness of our own thoughts, but how we act while in the presence of other believers. Scripture tells us in Matthew that what the Father sees what is done in secret, and He knows that is the true heart. It's time for us to move on to maturity, and realize that what we say and think in the secret place of our minds, determines how we will open up to the things that God wants to teach us. Let's face it, it's so much easier to just be one way all the time - mature - in thoughts and deeds.
Lord, help me be mature, not only on the outside that others see, but inwardly in the heart, that seems to want to harbor envy, strife, anxiety, anger, and the list seems endless. I pray You will take all that is in our hearts this morning, and change our heart to reflect a maturity in You. Help us to walk that way, seeking to become more mature with each passing day. I pray today for: Amber, Brad and Sue, Kim, a Student with Lyme dz, the family of a fallen soldier, Carol and Kevin traveling, Gary, David, Bud, Denise, Jim and James, Pete, Anthony, Carlie. Lord, You know the hearts of each of these, some need Salvation, some healing, but all need You, as we do. Please draw them unto you. I continue to lift up Carolyn, who needs You desperately and Mike S., who also does. Lord seek out the intents of our hearts and help us grow in You, for I ask it in Jesus name.