A One-God Man

Mark 2:30: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.

Exodus 20:3: Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

Psalms 113:3: From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD*S name is to be praised.

My Uncle Albert*s family had a wonderful little dog. His name was Blackie. He had a little white patch on his chest. He was affectionate with everyone. He was obedient. He was calm and quiet. He had a job. When my uncle told him twice a day to go get the cows he would run about a half mile to the pasture and round up the 12 or 14 cows that were regularly milked. He knew which ones were to be milked and didn*t bother the other cattle. Sometimes my uncle walked along with him. Sometimes my cousins and I would go along. It took Blackie a little longer to get the job done when any of us people were with him. We slowed him down. When he got the milking cows into the barn my uncle would say good dog Blackie. When my uncle said those three words Blackie went nuts. He ran circles around my uncle twice as fast as he had run to the pasture. His tail was probably wagging faster than he was running. He was overjoyed by just that little attention from my uncle. After he ran like that for a minute or so he would come and lie down at my uncle*s feet. My uncle would pet him for a moment. Blackie would quiver with excitement at being petted by his master. I have never seen anything like it. Blackie loved everybody but he loved my Uncle Albert with all his being.

Lord help me to feel toward you the way Blackie felt toward my Uncle Albert.

Psalms 32:8: I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.

My brother Vernon had a little Brittany Spaniel named Roxie. She hung on his every word. When Vernon wasn*t around she seemed depressed. Sometimes he could just look at her and look at a certain place. She would go there. Pleasing him was her life. While Vernon was running his linotype machine Roxie would crawl into the cardboard box he used for a wastebasket. By lunch time he would have her covered with scrap paper. At 5 minutes before noon she would crawl out of the box and stretch. It was to remind him that it was time to go home for lunch. In the afternoon they would go through the same routine. At 5 minutes before 6 she would crawl out of the box and stretch to remind him that it was quitting time. I have never seen anything like it.

Lord help me to be toward you the way Roxie was toward Vernon. Help me to be troubled when I don*t sense your presence. Thank you that you will never leave me nor forsake me. Help me to live my life according to your schedule and guide me with your eye.

My wife and I had a little Fox Terrier named Tyke. He had a glass jaw. When he would run back and forth on the linoleum floor in our mobile home he would run into an area rug that would slip out from under him. He would fall on his chin and get knocked out. His eyes would roll back in his head. Many times my wife had to sprinkle water on him to bring him around. He also had a trick knee. When he would run into a wall or the couch or something his right rear knee would pop out of joint. The vet taught us how to push it back in. We would push it back it in place and away he would go. He had springs for legs. When he got up on the couch next to one of us he wouldn*t bother to get up there the easy way. He would jump over the arm rest which was about 4 times as high as he was. He used to sleep with us. One occasion when I was at work my wife and her mother were going to lie down for a little rest. Tyke got along well with my wife*s mother but he growled at her and wouldn*t let her into my spot in the bed.

Lord help me not to let other people take your rightful place in my life. Thank you for repairing the harm that I do to myself.

After our daughter came we got a little poodle named Coco. She was paper trained. She would get her nose above the newspaper. The problem was that her back end would not be on the paper. We were a little disgusted with the people we bought her from because they told us not to let her outside in the cold. She was never bothered by the cold and wanted to go outside from the first day we let her out. When Coco was a pup she wasn*t allowed in the areas of our home that had a carpet for obvious reasons. She would crawl under a little welcome rug. The rug would then creep out into the middle of the living room carpet. Of course she couldn*t be disciplined because she was pretending she couldn*t see where she was. She didn*t go into the living room without the rug. Coco and our little girl, then 4 or 5 years old, were playing in our back yard which was enclosed by a cyclone fence. A meter reader had to get into the back yard to read our electric meter. Coco barked and growled and wouldn*t let him into the yard. Coco was protecting our little girl. I think she got a steak bone that evening. Coco was mainly my wife*s dog. If my wife wasn*t home she would hold still long enough for me to give her a haircut. But if my wife was at home she would have to go get a little attention from my wife every five minutes or so. That meant a lot of interruptions. Coco would obey me when my wife wasn*t around. But when I would give her a command in the presence of my wife she would always look up to my wife as if asking her whether or not she should obey me. That was aggravating for a few years but eventually I appreciated Coco*s loyalty to my wife.

Lord help me to always be loyal to you and seek my direction from you just as Coco always sought direction from my wife. Help me to be loving and protective of your people and everything that belongs to you. Help me to guard my time with you in prayer and the Bible. Thank you for not dealing with me according to my sin. Thank you for loving me in spite of my missing the mark.

Help me to worship you. You are worthy of my worship. So much more worthy than the owners of these little dogs. Help me to be a One-God man just as these little dogs were one-man dogs.

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