Ever Get Jealous of Your Dog?   

On September 27, 2014 by Jeff Heglund

BANG!  Flaming orange pain shot up my shin bone as I rolled out of my Charlie Brown sheets onto the short brown carpet in my bedroom.  I had landed on one of my greatest treasures, a metal box containing my firework collection from the summer.Lazy Dog

It was December of 1985.  The weatherman had predicted at least an 80% chance of snow overnight.  This was the only sign that I would need to not finish my science project…or my composition paper…or my algebra problems.  An extra day to put off what you should do until tomorrow!

I was rudely awakened by Kenneth Copeland singing the “Graves Would then Burst Open” over the family stereo.  I sensed a disturbance in the force!  There was no snow on the ground!

Curse you Doppler 3000 and NBC nightly news!  I dunked my 1980’s rooster hair in the sink.  Much to my mother’s dismay, I had shaved the sides of my head, removing all sideburns, and grown the top of my hair as long as I could stand.  I could pull the bangs down just past my chin.  I was so cool.  When I wasn’t in prep school, having to wear a coat and tie in Junior high school, I loved to wear my WWII era trench coat and L.L.Bean boots.  I felt especially cool on my “Dog Cheese” skateboard practicing “ollies” and “kickflips”.

But I wasn’t feeling cool that morning as I twisted the head of Woodstock my trusty toothpaste squeezer.  I felt a bit sick to my stomach as I smooshed the cold paste onto my chrome covered teeth.  How would I face all my teachers with no project or homework done?

Black LabAs I walked past Emily, our black Labrador retriever, I was green with envy.  She was going to sleep all day by the woodstove not to move unless she felt like eating or chasing something outside.  She would not be facing the wrath of Mrs. Honeycutt trying to explain why her volcano will not erupt, and in fact, still looks like a pile of chicken wire.  She had it made, no worries.

Have you ever been jealous of your pet?  They don’t have any of the great cares of life, like homework.  They don’t seem to get concerned over where their next meal is coming from. Living in a busy world we can get worried about school, friends, our image, who we are going to marry, what we are going to do when we grow up, if society is going to collapse, etc.  It is enough to make you jealous of your pet.

We don’t need to be jealous of our pet – we have the Lord!

The Bible says:

  • Phil. 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
  • Matt. 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow…
  • 1 Thess. 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

To quote Pastor Star R. Scott’s favorite nursery verse – “We shall not all sleep but we shall all be changed…”

Instead of being worried we ought to rejoice! Jesus could come back today! You should only worry if Jesus is not the Lord of your life. You are always prepared when your trust is in the Lord!

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