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Don't Spill the Dog Food!

By Aaron Bull
Guest Writer -- Last night I was talking with my son, Chippy (that's his nickname of course), about our dog Paddington (if you missed Paddington's adventure, please click here to read it). Chippy is 7 years old. As every child should, he does chores around the house, one of which is feeding Paddington.

He loves to feed Paddington. He does it with much eagerness, vigor and excitement. It's great to see the world through the eyes of a 7-year-old!

I've noticed lately that when he goes out to the garage to get Paddington's food, he spills it all over the place. The amount spilled is almost equal to the amount that actually makes it into the bowl. He doesn't do it from lack of skill. He spills the food all over the place because, as he states, "He doesn't want to miss anything." What he feels he is going to miss, I'm not sure, but it seems to be quite important to him.

I've asked him several times to be careful. As I spoke with Chippy for the umpteenth time about waste and such, I sensed God was tapping me on the shoulder. "Yes God, do you need something?" The answer was enlightening to say the least.

What God showed me in this situation is that He unquestionably and unconditionally blesses us so abundantly that we too end up wasting it for fear of missing something! We, including me, get sooooo busy trying to do this or that that we end up missing, or spilling on the floor in a sense, the blessings that God has given us!

So the next time you reach into the bag of dog food, I mean life, don't forget to be careful with the contents in the cup! God blesses us even when we're not paying attention because we don't want to miss something! So pay attention and be careful not to spill His blessings! anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the lord forever (Psalm 23:5 & 6).

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