Wednesday, July 11, 2012
DOG : GOD
Doggy Coolness, Jamestown, NC
One of my favorite definitions of God’s unconditional love is that there is nothing we can do to make God love us anymore and nothing we can do to make God love us any less. God doesn’t ask anyone to sign something like a prenuptial agreement prior to committing to a relationship in case things don’t work out. And God’s unconditional love doesn’t have a time limit one way or the other. His love for his creation has no expiration date. As the criminal on the cross beside God’s Son discovered, his love is available to anyone who repents and believes, even at the last minute of our life. That shouldn’t bother anyone either. Our primary focus should be on our own soul, not our neighbor’s. And we don’t have to look any further than the cross to measure the depth of His unconditional love.
If we’re reluctant to experience God’s love because we possibly consider ourselves unworthy or beyond forgiveness, our view of God simply isn’t big enough. God is bigger than addictions, depressions, struggles, setbacks, failures, bad decisions, wrong choices, fast living, power grabs, and the myriad road blocks we humans encounter on the journey of a life.
I think the dog is one of the best models for this behavior. Irregardless of how badly we treat a dog or ignore him, he will always be there for us. If we’re in danger, he will think nothing of sacrificing his own life to save ours. A dog’s unconditional love has to be the main reason there is such a mirror image of DOG & GOD. One of the best tests that I’ve run across recently involves locking your “significant other” and your dog in a garage, turning your back on them and walking away. Then return, open the door and see who’s* the most excited to see you again!
* Well, maybe one out of two.