God’s Word for Today: Downgrade
1Peter 2:1 Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind.
The other day, I was performing the duty of picking up dog poop. Scattered throughout the yard was various remnants of waste, our over friendly and loving dog, discarded. At that exact moment, I did not care if our dog was one dedicated to saving lives or just a common mutt. All I cared about was gathering these various trophies and trying to keep my hands from direct contact.
On about the seventh pile (It had been a few days) a revelation came to my mind. Where in my life, had I gone wrong? What course or courses of action had led me to that very moment of picking up dog poop? What happened to the days of running through the grass in search of Easter Eggs? Had I downgraded so much in life that searching for various plies of fly attracting stink, before I stepped on them, was now my assignment in life? Can’t I just go back to a life of hunting Easter Eggs and candy and toys and all that happy stuff?
This reflection clouded my thoughts until the dirty task was complete. All evidence of our family pet’s waste was removed. She even sat there wagging her tail and thanking me as I tied a knot in the plastic sack ready for the disposal chain of command. Our dog’s eyes were saying, “I believe you need to pet me now”. No thank you, no regrets, nada. It was time to move on and give her some love.
That is when I realized, I was still hunting Easter Eggs. Picking up dog poop means you have a dog. Having a dog means you have unbiased love and attention whenever you call for it. Having a family pet means you have a family. Having a family means God has blessed you whether you even asked Him for it or not.
This was no downgrade. Even the nasty task of picking up dog poop can be a blessing. The simplest release of worry of accidently stepping in a dog’s version of super glue, is removed. There are rewards in every task well completed.
The Scripture today reveals a different downgrade. Yesterday we discussed upgrades. Caring for your fellow man, forgiving others, giving freely of your time and money to those less fortunate, smiling more, praying more, trusting more, and loving more. Good stuff right there.
To make room for all that good stuff, you must delete other stuff. You must be willing to pick up the dog poop in your life and dispose of it. Why keep stepping in the middle of malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind? Face it, these things stink. They draw flies. You don’t want your family, your friends, or you neighbor stepping in it. Then why is it still gathering in your front yard? If you leave it laying around, sooner or later someone you really care about it going to have it all over their new Nikes. You will be embarrassed, you will feel bad, you will wish you had taken care of the problem before it stuck to others.
Today, out with the bad, in with the good. You know exactly what in your life carries a bit of a foul odor. We all have it. We all don’t want to admit it. But it is there, and if left unchecked, will keep building up until there is no longer a clear path. God gave you a choice in life. Is your life full of dog poop, or are you replacing it with Easter Eggs?......
Prayer: Dear Lord, creator of all that is good. I thank you for your Blessings that I have received. Forgive me for ignoring the waste in my life that really needs downgraded, picked up, and disposed of. And Lord, forgive me for viewing some tasks in life as being dog poop. Thank you for giving me the responsibility to make a clear yard for others. In Jesus’, who showed us the ultimate sacrifice for others, name I pray. Amen and amen.