“…Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy- think about such things.” –Philippians 4:8
Sometimes it takes owning a Lab to realize how many twigs, sticks, and branches a tree sheds on a daily basis. For Adi, tree debris is a source of great delight. Catch us at the right point on our morning walk and you’ll see her proudly toting her newest find.
Adi begins her favorite game of “keep-away” by presenting her canine playmate with a stick then wheeling around and running. We’ve even watched in amusement as Adi and her sister Nova worked together to relocate a branch.
However, these same items are a source of great distress to her. With certain sticks, she’ll hunker down and begin chewing on them, ingesting more wood than she spits out. Inevitably it upsets her stomach and a mess will need cleaning later.
Watching her one day, I found myself likening these sticks to thoughts. Throughout the day, I encounter many choosing which ones to pick up and carry. Some bring joy, hope, and encourage teamwork. But there are those, I pick up and chew on souring my stomach and creating a mess. It was with the chewing sticks, Adi learned to obey the command “leave.” In my own life, I must discipline myself to drop that souring thought before I begin to chew, leaving it.
. . .take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ.2 Corinthians 10:5
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