My sweet dog, Lexi is now over 4 years old. She weighs 7 pounds and LOVES to snuggle. She is the epitome of a lap dog. She is everyone's best friend and could spend her entire day letting someone pet her or throw her stuffed elephant so that she can play fetch. I think she is super adorable!
But she has a habit that I don't think is adorable. In fact, it drives me crazy! When she hasn't gotten enough attention she will go into the bathroom and stand on her hind feet and unroll the toilet paper. Then when a sufficient amount is on the ground she will shred it to pieces. Somehow between potty training and learning to sit, stay and fetch, I didn't cover that unraveling and shredding all the toilet paper is not acceptable behavior.
When I was training Lexi as a puppy she would sometimes look at me and then blatantly do something she was not allowed to do. Other times, I could see in her eyes that she was trying her hardest to be good, but the temptation to go beyond her boundaries was too much for her handle. And she would eventually go outside the boundaries I set for her. When I would scold her and remind her of the boundaries she would look at me with those sad eyes as if to say, “I'm so sorry. I really tried to be good.”
As much as I'd like to think I am much more mature than this little puppy, I have to admit I can relate to her. I have often looked straight into God's face and then turned around only to disobey His very Word. I know I'm doing something that will not bring glory to His name, something that will not honor my Creator. Yet, I still do it. And then I feel just like Lexi, wanting to duck my head and lay down in submission desiring God's forgiveness.
At other times, I really want to be obedient but I still disobey. Sometimes, I just give in to the temptation to go beyond the boundaries that God set for me thinking I can sneak out and back in without anyone noticing me and without getting hurt. He reminds me that these boundaries are not put into place to be a “fun sucker” like we talked about yesterday, but to protect me and to shape me more into His image. I never enjoy the consequences of over stepping the boundaries. And in the end I always realize that God really did know what He was doing when He set the boundaries.
Can you relate? Do you ever feel like Paul, doing the very thing you know you shouldn't? I can. So today, I am making a conscious effort to acknowledge the boundaries that God has set forth in my life. My heart's desire is to please Him. He tells us in His Word that obedience is better than sacrifice. Which will you choose today? Remember we only have to choose for today. Don't be overwhelmed by the choice you will make tomorrow or the next day, just make the choice today to be obedient. Take it moment by moment. And all the moments will add up to a life of obedience.