Central Baptist Church of Westerly
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Love Like a Dog
                                                                         
 September 8, 2016
Dear Friends,

There was a time in my life when I was afraid of dogs. My mom belonged to a group
called "Friends of Animals."  She provided temporary homes for stray dogs, cats and
a host of other animals.  It was cool.  We even had a monkey for a while.

The problem was that many of these animals had been abandoned or abused.  As a result,
they weren't very people friendly.  They'd bark, bite, scratch and chase you.  I ended up
getting bit enough times that I became terrified of all dogs.

That changed twenty years later when we adopted Praise. He was a mixed breed, shepherd
and spaniel, that the girls fell in love with the day they saw him at the shelter.  I have to
admit that I was pretty taken with him too.

Praise came into our home and he taught us the meaning of unconditional love.  To see
his tail wagging when you came in the door was enough to melt your heart.  Praise died
in 2007.  Today, Anna and Brie fill our house with that type of love.

I thought of them when I went to see the movie, "The Secret Life of Pets."  The show opens
with Max, the dog, demonstrating his utter devotion to his master. He'd do anything to please
her.  He lived to be with her.  It was so cute and true to life.

Our dogs, Brie and Anna, get so excited when we come home.  Brie actually runs around in
circles!  Their whole life revolves around us.  That's when it hit me: I think of myself as a
good Christian... but do I love God as much as my dogs love me?

Does my world revolve around God?  Do I get excited every time He comes to mind?  Do I
run to greet Him and put aside everything else to worship Him?  I'd like to say the answer
is yes, but in comparison to my dogs, I fall woefully short.

Mark Twain said, “Heaven goes by favor.  If it went by merit, you would stay out and your
dog would go in.”  We need to learn from them.  God deserves our very best.  Like with our
dogs, I pray we can all find ways to express our love for God so completely that it will make
His heart glad.

God bless!   See you in church.  

Cal
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