Freckles pulled over into the grass. I paused so she could squat and relieve herself. Our walks always include multiple stops so she and Duke can mark their territory and let all the other dogs know that they have been in the neighborhood. Most of our journey occurs in the darkness as we make our way around town each morning. Duke has to “cover up” each mark that Freckles makes. He is not a very good shot.
I was made keenly aware of this fact when Freckles jumped up to give me a hug. As I gave her a few pets before we continued our trek, I felt moisture on the toe of my shoe. The porous mesh had done little to deter Duke’s errant attempt to leave his mark on top of Freckles’. I told him to quit and asked him what in the world he thought he was doing. He just jumped up to receive a few pets. I gave them.
As we made our way eastward, I had a thought. “Don’t be peeing on the foot that walks you!” It is a bit like “Don’t bite the hand that feeds you,” but a bit cruder. Sorry about that. Duke should have paid closer attention to encourage, rather than insult his master who always gets up early and takes him and his aunt for an extended walk. When someone treats you in a positive manner, it is smart to shower them with praise rather than…well, you know.
We should shower praise on God at all times for the good things He has done for us and the many blessings He has given us. We need to be intentional and specific as we tell Him what we are grateful for. We must never offend Him with our errant, negative statements. Paying attention goes a long way toward enabling us to consistently express gratitude to God.
The old hymn says it well: “Count your blessings, name them one by one Count your blessings, see what God hath done. Count your blessings, name them one by one And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.”
Let us be sincerely grateful and obviously thankful for the good things we have received from God.
Nancy washed my shoe, Earl
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- This Sundays Sermon “The Heart of a Lion” Acts 4:23-34