When Georgia answered the phone and her grown son wanted to know, “Are you still feeding the puppy and the family dog from the table?” His dogs were well trained. Hers were spoiled.
“No! I am not feeding the dogs from my plate bite by bite. That would create a whole bunch of problems!”
“But aren’t you giving the dogs food from the table at breakfast?”
“That’s not the same thing! They have their little dishes I put down for them and they get a bite of sausage and a half an egg as their breakfast snack.”
“You call that a breakfast snack? Right!”
“Now, Bill,” George explained, “is one who definitely feeds his dogs from the table and needs to stop. It’s downright disgusting!”
“Just how is it different?” dog whisperer Sam wanted to know.
“He tears pieces off his sandwich and feeds it to the dogs. He gives them pieces of his sausage right from the plate. Then he sets what’s left on the floor for the dogs to lick. He even lets them slobber all over his ice cream bowl. That’s what I call feeding the dogs food from the table. I don’t do that.”
Call it whatever you want from the menu, a snack or a routine that the dogs love. Feeding the dogs from the table out of their own small dishes or their owners’ hands: it is the same.
Sin can hide under soft words or explanations in the same way these dog owners justify table scraps for the canines.
It doesn’t matter what others see. God sees your thoughts and actions when no one else does. He nudges you to adjust and correct your steps.
The key is knowing the difference.
Solomon puts it this way: “Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.” [Proverbs 3:7-8]
Call it like it is: sin. The remedy: an about face. The percs: piece of mind, health, and an even closer relationship with God. No table scraps, just the best.
[Jo Russell is a Christian speaker, author of scores of articles, a half dozen anthology contributions, and award-winning Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women. available from Amazon.com and her speaking engagements. [Jo lives in northeast Arizona and writes a popular humorous weekly blog on her website, http://www.button-to-god.com.]