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Gotta Feed The Dog

This past Saturday I left the solace of paradise ( ie – beach vacation).  Early in the morning we packed up the chairs, bathing suits, ice cream maker and the other beach necessities and headed home.  On our way out of town we pulled in the drive thru at the local McDonald’s – which was, of course, quite busy.

As I whipped around to the drive thru lane, a pickup truck just beat me to the back of the line.  I really didn’t think much about it until a few minutes later.  After placing my order, I was sitting in the bend at the corner of the building.  Each window had a car in front of it, and the aforementioned truck was still in front of me, not yet to the window.  And there we waited.  In terms of a McDonald’s drive thru it really wasn’t that long.  I actually hadn’t even noticed the delay at this point, until I heard an obvious “c’mon’ shouted from a man near by.

My interest peaked, I tried to find the source of this hollering.  A little while later, while we still waited for the line to move I heard another exoneration, from the same voice. I think it was “Let’s Go!” this time.  And I realized it was the man in the truck in front of me letting his irrational with the delay be known throughout the parking lot.

About this time the line started moving, and as the man in his truck approached the window, I could hear something like this coming from his window.

“Hey, hey, hey” he shouted to the woman in the first window as he was still on approach.   He continued ” I need to add another Sausage biscuit!, I gotta feed the dog”.  I cannot express the urgency and frustration in his words.

“I gotta feed to the dog” he repeated.

Sure enough in the passenger seat of his F150, going back and forth was his apparently hungry companion.  All of my companions had a hearty laugh.

It was an odd display, but one that stuck with we the rest of the day.  You all have experienced long periods of interstate travel, and you know that some times there are  traffic situations, slow cars, tailgating drivers, or some other patience testing opportunities waiting to be discovered.  Well, on this day,  each time I realized that I was becoming impatience, I would holler out.

“C’mon driver, I gotta feed the dog!”

And immediately, I would remember how ridiculous my impatience really was, and that a patience approach to the situation is so much better.

All of us find us in places where we are anxious, and stressed and impatience with others.  Our times may not be as telling or out in the open as my drive thru partner, but each one usually ends the same way.  His yelling and aggression did nothing to move the line any faster.  Our impatience probably wont change the situation we are stressing over in any way.

Today, as you interact with others, if you feel yourself growing weary, remember that you have a dog to feed!


14 And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone.1 Thessalonians 5:14 New International Version (NIV)
Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love Ephesians 4:2 New Living Translation (©2007)


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Making Others Better

Man its tough.  Trying to understand that at times your only purpose in life to to help others.  The selfish impulses that are woven deep inside of us want to take over and push the others out of the way. However, when you are able to swallow pride, develop some patience and provide assistance to others it always seems better in the end.

I know that when I do that I am a better spouse, father, and co worker.  So what is it still so difficult to not just chuck those people to the wind and move on with out them?  Casting aside a personal agenda for the sake of other seem so fundamentally wrong when we examine ourselves, yet is is the cry of the Christ.

16 “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.” (Matthew 20:16, New International Version, ©2011)

and there’s this

25 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. (Matthew 16:25, New International Version, ©2011)

So, today, I am trying to figure out how to lose myself, how to give up on my personal agenda and how to make the others that I am blessed to be around better. Any ideas?

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This morning I am been a little unsure of what to write.  My brain is swirling in lots of things, but no clear thoughts to share.  So I just after wondering aimlessly around the house looking for inspiration from the cats, the sun rise, the boys, or anything that I could find, I reluctantly just opened up my Bible.

After turning about 4 pages, I saw this:

12I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me faithful, appointing me to his service. 13Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. 14The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.

15Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. 16But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life. 17Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.1 Timothy 1:12-17 (New International Version)

So right there it is.  Very encouraging words for a morning of uncertainty.  Paul says, Hey look I was terrible, full of problems, angry, violent, and just blame rough, and the Christ poured grace all over me.  Then he says, he’ll do the same for you.  Wow, that’s a nice promise and a provides a certain amount of certainty, doesn’t?

And then of course, when we are given a gift of grace and unlimited patience like that, we can turn face the day with vigor and sureness and boldness.  Can we bestow this same gives on the others that we encounter today.  Surely, we can.  Pour out the grace that you have been given to those around you.