Thanks to Deb del Villar for writing today’s post.
This year we did not have any Spring – we went right from winter to summer in the period of one day. We had no time to gradually warm up to the higher temperatures. They were upon us. No warning. Boom! Miserable sweltering heat! We had to endure it for months!
We sat looking at our small dog. He was suffering as well. And he had to wear his “coat!” That was making him even hotter and more miserable then we were. He did not want to go outside and play. He didn’t want to eat that much. All he wanted to do was drink water … and more water.
He would look up at us as if saying. “Do something to help me.” His tail even seemed to drag the ground instead of constantly wagging.
We care about our dog and we did do something to help. We called the groomer who came and shaved him down to his skin.
Even though he is 13 years old, you would think he was a puppy again. Suddenly, he was running circles around us with his tail wagging. He ran and played inside and outside. He chased the cat, butterflies, anything he could find. He ate again. He had more than a haircut – he had a whole new perspective on life! His long hair that had weighed him down and zapped his energy and enthusiasm were gone and he was ready to get up and move! He was again that happy puppy, ready to play and enjoy the doggy life.
Hebrews 12:1-2a pleads for us to “lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus.” Our dog was miserable and weighed down with his hair that clung closely to him. It had to be removed and when it was, he was able to run and play again. Is there a weight or sin that is clinging to your personal children or the kids to whom you minister? Are they looking to you to do something? Encourage them to go to God and His Word for help. Teach them how they can have new live in Christ and to look to Him as they run the race of life. (Let them know they will also have your help.)
Remember there is a time coming when all those who have not placed their complete dependence on Christ for salvation, will experience HEAT like never before. It too will come without warning! No one can be prepared for – it will be beyond miserable, it will be catastrophic unrelenting heat. There will be a thirst that cannot be quenched. It will not last for months but for all of eternity.
Let’s help kids understand the joy of new life in Christ.to