Monday, November 4, 2013

FEEDING ON CRAP by Alison Moore (A Guest Blogger)

Alison Moore is an amazing young woman with a contagious faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and a tremendous ability to share Biblical truth through writing.  Her blog today deals with a subject that all who consider themselves to be fully devoted followers of Christ should consider. Read what she says and then take a few to meditate on the truth that God reveals through the it.  

“As a dog returns to its vomit, so fools repeat their folly.”
Proverbs 26:11

I have a new appreciation for this verse as I now have a vivid mental picture of what it means.
There I am sitting out in the backyard with Mackenzie, our 8 month old Labrador Retriever. She’s wandering around sniffing out a spot to do her business. Occasionally she stops, squats, attempts, but nothing happens so she walks it off and moves on to a new spot, whimpering occasionally as though she were in pain… like she was constipated. Finally she squats and gets it out, and it’s no wonder why it was so difficult for her; her poop was full of grass she had been eating in the backyard. Now that’s weird and slightly gross already but just to up the level of disgust, guess what she did then… she ate it! Or she started to anyway, luckily my brother Jason was out there to severely reprimand her. I was too busy shrieking in disgust.

So, it wasn’t her vomit but it was her own excrement and it was horridly disgusting. It was shriek worthy it was so gross. It was angering it was so repulsive and pointless. She had no need and no business to be eating her own waste. We give her perfectly good food and a body excretes what is no longer valuable to its health so there was nothing to be gained by her returning to her crap.

And that, my friends, is what it’s like when we return to our own folly. It could be an addiction we can’t shake or worry or laziness or gossip or ANYTHING that belittles and dishonors God. We know it’s not good for us, it’s not providing any nutrients to our relationship with Christ and yet we feed off it.
Sometimes we even push past the pain and struggle of getting the crap out of our lives. But then, for whatever inconceivable reason, after removing it from ourselves we return to the crap and start the cycle all over again.
My reaction to Mackenzie was disgust. Jason’s reaction was anger. And there was the repetitive question, “what is wrong with you?!”

How many times does God have to ask us that question? What is wrong with you? When will we each decide that whatever our personal folly is, it’s not worth returning to? It’s not worth repulsing and angering our sovereign Lord, our master who provides us with all the food and nutrients necessary through Him.
So stop feeding on crap you nasty!

Alison's blog is called FEEDING YOUR BEAST.  I highly encourage all those who are serious about missional living to check it out and follow it. 

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