What Brings Fulfillment

Continuing the Sermon Series “Seven Essential Questions.”

12 I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect. For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness.

I am not that guy. You will not find me in tears over the loss of a car. I have had cars I have liked more than others. It did bother me a little when I totaled in my Buick but it didn’t take me long to get over it. I also do, like most people, get excited when I get a new car but that is because it is something new, at least to me. 

There was another commercial on several years ago. I can’t really remember what they were trying to sell and I looked around on the internet for the commercial but never found it. It had a line in it that said, “The point of a car is not to get you from point A to point B. The car is the point. 

I couldn’t disagree more. But, perhaps that is because I am not a car guy. I don’t like working on them. In fact, I will hardly work on one. I know very little about how the engine and all the components work. I also have little interest in learning. I know were the gas goes. In a pinch I could change the oil and maybe the spark plugs. Beyond that, if it won’t go, call a mechanic. I probably know a little more than that, but I think you get my point. 

I have come to a point in my life that I am not all that excited about driving. When I need to go somewhere, I go. If I don’t need to go somewhere, the keys usually stay in my pocket. The real point of this is a qualifier. I am not a car guy. Cars don’t get me thatexcited. I am a guitar guy. Some people collect cars, I collect guitars. My collection is small, by collection standards, but it is still more than I need in reality. Still, I like them. They are my thing. 

This guitar is one of the oldest in my collection. This one is Sybil. I name all my guitars. I haven’t had this guitar all that long, just less than 10 years. Cindy sometimes makes fun of my guitars and says something like, “You can only play one at a time.” But she has given me one for my birthday on two different occasions and another for no particular reason at all. They always make me happy.

Over the last few years, I have added to my collection. I had one for a long time. I added a second, but it was stolen. Then I added three pretty quickly when I felt like I needed a few different guitars for different purposes. I got Sybil specifically to keep in my office.. 

I have really tried to limit myself. Each of my guitars are part of the collection for a different reason. Two were added for their ability to plug into a sound system. Three are different types of electrics. The rest are there because they have a different sound or so I could have one in my office. One other is not actually a guitar but a baritone ukulele.

I love my guitars. But, I think it is important to say here, while I love my guitars, they are not the source of my happiness. Guitars are not the basis of my happiness. Guitars do not bring me fulfillment. I do find happiness and enjoyment in playing them, but it is really more about the music than the instrument. I hope the same is true for all you car guys watching online this morning. 

I have a wish list on Amazon. I have a lot of different things on it including a few guitars. After Cindy gave me one of those birthday guitars, one I had on that Amazon wish list, I went online to that guitar and a few others that the new one eliminated the need in having. I wasn’t and didn’t eliminate them all. One of the things I found myself doing, however, was looking again, with wanting, the other guitars still on my list! 

Here, I had in my possession a brand-new guitar. I hadn’t had the guitar 12 hours and already I am staring at my computer screen wanting something else! I said to myself, I said, “Self, you are being ridiculous. You have a brand-new guitar you have hardly played yet. You don’t need another guitar right now. Stop, enjoy what you already have before worrying about going out and wanting more.” 

I am not alone in this. We see something and we think to ourselves, if only I could have this, then I would be happy. One of my other things about buying a new guitar, I save my pennies, sometimes quite literally, so nothing comes out of the family budget and nothing goes on credit when I am buying that new guitar. For me, and others that tend to be like me, we scrimp and save for months or even years to buy that thing that would make us happy. Finally, the day comes when we have money to go out and buy that joy maker and we go out and pull the trigger and buy it. 

At that moment of purchase, we are overjoyed with what we have just done. We want to brag on it. We want to show it off. One of the first things I did after Cindy gave me that guitar was to take a picture and put it on Facebook. We are quite happy, and we want everyone else to be happy for us. 

We are happy that is, until the new wears off. We are happy until we see the something new, pretty bauble and then we want that. We are no longer happy. We want that, whether that be a new car, a new guitar, a new deer rifle, new furniture, the list of possibilities is endless. And, if we can make that new purchase, then and only then will we be happy. When we get it, for a time we are happy and then the new wears off or we see something we think is newer or better and we must have it and the process starts all over again. 

There are people with a different kind of problem. They have a legitimate need and agonize over their decision, sometimes for weeks or even months. When they do finally pull the trigger and make the purchase they then agonize, even mourn the spent money. Some even make themselves sick over the loss of money because that money is the source of their happiness. A friend of ours has said, “They are so tight when they hold a penny, they make Abraham Lincoln squeal. It is the same problem but instead of a car or a guitar or whatever, for them, it is money.

There are still others who attempt to find their joy in alcohol, drugs, food, gambling and other forms of destructive behaviors. We think something is missing from our lives so we go in search of that missing elements in an alcohol bottle, drug abuse, improper use of foods with things like over-indulgence, and yes, I know, I am speaking to myself again, and with various forms of gambling. 

Still others, search for their joy, fulfillment and happiness in their leisure time activities. I will be happy when hunting season comes again. I will find fulfillment on the end of my fishing rod. I will find joy when I can spend my day reading or practicing my music or playing a ball game. Without this activity I am not whole or complete. 

God did not make us to be musicians or athletes or academics. We may have God given gifts in one of these areas or many more, but this is not what God created us to do. You can’t practice all day every day. We can’t spend our lives with our nose constantly in a book. You can fill in other blanks as necessary. Further, some of these things can be taken away. Athletes age and can no longer compete at the same level. Do you remember me mentioning a stolen guitar? If that is where I find my fulfillment and joy that would mean someone could rob me of my joy simply by stealing the right something of which I place such great importance in my life. 

If we depend on any or all those activities to find our happiness, joy and fulfillment, we always come up short. When we come up short, our lives will never be all God intends them to be or calls us to be. 

What God did create us to be is disciples, servants, His children. When we start looking at things from that perspective, it begins to change the way we see things that we believe are our sources of happiness, joy and fulfillment. 

Do you want to find fulfillment? Do you want to have joy? Do you want to be happy? Paul, in our lesson this morning, gives us a pretty good clue. “…make your bodies a living sacrifice…” In other words, if we want to find our true place of happiness, joy and fulfillment, if we want that peace that passes understanding, we first have to stop worrying about ourselves and place in the forefront of our lives our real intended position as disciples, as servants, as children of God. 

Do you want to feel fulfilled? Go work on a house with Habitat for Humanity. Be a scout leader. Volunteer at one of the schools. Go be a pink lady, or a pink man and volunteer at the hospital. The possibilities for service are endless. Fulfillment is going to come when we realize that we are not the most important thing in the world and start reaching out to make the world better for other people. 

You want to know joy? Be a real disciple in your giving, not only to your church but to the real work of God in the world. Support what our ladies are doing with Loose Threads, Pack Pals. Sponsor a child for education in a third world country. Support the work of agencies that work to bring clean water to parts of the world where clean water is scares. I promise you, there are more places to give than any of us have money. There are more places that can use our time and talents than we have of either. Wherever you choose to give, what you give will make a difference. 

Here is what it comes down to. If you want to find real fulfillment you must be transformed. We must move from a self-centered focus to a servant focus. We are called to be at work in the world, using all God has given us to move forward the Kingdom of God in this time and place.

Several years ago, I came to understand, every church needs at least two ministries, one it does for the community it is in. The other that reaches past the city limits to serve God’s world. Every Christian needs at least three ministries, one for their church, one for their community, and one for the world. They can be the ministries done by the local church or ones they do elsewhere. The big thing is, to have ministries that touch the world around us in the name of Jesus Christ.

In his memoirs about surviving the World War II concentration camps, Eli Wiesel, author of the classic book Night, claims that he and his father motivated each other to survive. Wiesel needed to stay alive to take care of his elderly father. That became his motivation for surviving the concentration camps. He knew that if he died, his father would give up hope and die also. 

Wiesel wrote, “The Germans tried to get the inmates to think only of themselves, to forget relatives and friends, to tend only to their own needs. But what happened was just the reverse. Those who retreated to a universe limited to their own bodies had less of a chance of getting out alive, while to live for a brother, a friend, an ideal, helped you hold out longer.” 

Wiesel had the right idea. Where do we find fulfillment? We won’t find it in a car, a bottle of alcohol or in abusing illegal drugs. We won’t find it in our parents, our children our friends as they can’t give it to us, but we might find it, not from them but in service to them and others.  We aren’t likely to find our joy anywhere else. We won’t even find it in a guitar. But, if we use that guitar, or most anything else for that matter, as a tool to help us be a servant for God and others, there is a really good shot at finding our happiness, our joy our fulfillment. Because at the end of the day, if we want fulfillment, we first must remember to serve, because, in the grand scheme of things, its not about us.

I hope your weekend is blessed.

Seeking the Genuine,
Keith

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King of My Soul

As I usually do on Saturday, here are the lyrics to one of my songs. One day as I was listening to a Randy Travis CD and he sang his rendition of the Roger Miller classic, “King of the Road,” these lyrics started to come from my head. I don’t think I’ve ever tried to play it so the lyrics might not quite fit with the tune. If they don’t, my apologies. It isn’t the first time and I’m sure it won’t be the last. I love writing these things but it isn’t always easy to get the lyrics to fit the tune.

Sunday morning, time to sleep in, Spent last night out with my men,
Just jokes and havin’ some fun, Sunday mornin’ I feel like a bum.
I am, too tired for church you see, plus the game is important to me.
I don’t live for God you see, but I’m King of my soul.

Next week I promise I’ll show, I promised her that, long ago.
The wife, she’s heard all my lies, my tales, to her just no longer fly.
She says I better get my life straight, cause later on it will be too late.
My life seems to be falling apart but I’m, King of my soul.

Long ago God freed us with grace
Thought I was good, my mind drifted in space.
But now I know my excuses are lame,
Walkin’ with God now life won bet the same.

I no longer lie to my wife, Jesus gave me a whole new life.
I’ve faith, I’ve hope, I’ve peace,
            I’ve got love and grace I know won’t cease.
He promises each day I’m free, keeps me from being old me.
I’m a man of grace upon grace, and He’s King of my Soul.

I’m apt to stumble and fall, but God, throws it out and forgives it all.
My family sees a new me, God’s buried my sins down deep in the sea.
There’s joy in living God’s way, sin’s price is too much to pay,
I’m a man of grace upon grace, and He’s King of my Soul.

Long ago God freed us with grace
Thought I was good, my mind drifted in space.
But now I know my excuses are lame,
Walkin’ with God now life won bet the same.

I no longer lie to my wife, Jesus gave me a whole new life.
I’ve faith, I’ve hope, I’ve peace
I’ve got love and grace I know won’t cease.
He promises each day I’m free, keeps me from being old me.

I’m a man of grace upon grace, and He’s King of my Soul.
I’m a man of grace, upon grace, He’s King of my Soul.

I pray your evening is blessed. May you also have a wonderful Lord’s day tomorrow.

Seeking the Genuine,
Keith

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Spring, A Sign of Hope

for now the winter is past,
    the rain is over and gone.
12 The flowers appear on the earth;
    the time of singing has come,
and the voice of the turtledove
    is heard in our land.
13 The fig tree puts forth its figs,
    and the vines are in blossom;
    they give forth fragrance. (Song of Songs 2:11-13b, New Revised Standard Version)

I love springtime. Some of you have heard that before. It is my favorite season of the year. I love the way everything comes back to life. The leafless trees look dead though the are only dormant. The leaves come back. Fruit bearing trees put on blossoms before the fruit starts to come forth. Even the evergreen trees, always having green showing, put on new growth in the spring of the year.

Then there are the flowers that are blooming. One of the great things about living in Texas during the spring is wild flowers in general, but specifically bluebonnets. Yes, bluebonnets are the state flower of Texas. I have always liked the flower but when I met Helen in the early years of my ministry my appreciation grew significantly. Helen was a painter. She worked in oils. She also put bluebonnets in every picture she painted. There were other wildflowers, Indian paintbrushes, red clover, and many more, but it was always the bluebonnets I enjoyed in her paintings. I am fortunate to have two of her paintings, I love them both. When I look at those paintings I see springtime.

Yesterday when Cindy and I were coming home from my mother’s, we made a few stops. One of those was in the middle of nowhere. We were between San Marcos and Bastrop. We found a place with good cell signal so I could do Devo Live. While I was sharing my devotional, Cindy got out and took pictures of the bluebonnets. I had to keep my mind on the lesson for yesterday while I was really thinking about the rebirth of the world with springtime.

Our lesson from Song of Songs (a.k.a. Song of Solomon) speaks to the thing I love about spring. The flowers bloom. The trees have new growth and new leaves. The birds make their way home as the weather warms. There is a song in the air, the song of birds and the cooing of doves. The blooms of plants start giving off their fragrance makes me think of honeysuckle. What God is doing is blessed and beautiful.

The world seems to move from the dead of winter to the rebirth of spring. God does that for us too. Before our relationship with God, before we were walking the road of faith with Jesus Christ, our souls were dead in sin. Like the beauty and rebirth of spring, because we came to know and accept Jesus, we too have rebirth in our lives as well.

Seeing that rebirth of the world, seeing the way God brings back life gives us hope for our own rebirth. Seeing the world evolve with each season brings me hope but that is especially true of spring.

Spring messes with my sinuses, but there is still that sign of hope that comes each spring. It is a sign that God walks with us and where God is, there is always hope.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Seeking the genuine,
Keith

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Can I Ask You a Question?

As they walk down the street, Joe asks Sam if he can ask him a question. Sometimes that seems to be a bit loaded. While I have always liked people to feel free to ask me questions, sometimes, the questions can be all but impossible or even impossible to answer.

I was in a setting once where people could ask me any question they wanted. I was asked how many bricks were in the Empire State Building? On another occasion when serving as staff on a Christian retreat I was asked a theological question someone asked of St. Thomas Aquinas in the 13th or 14th century. “How many angels can dance on the head of a pin.” As I remember the story, Aquinas didn’t have an answer either.

All this is leading me to say, I would like some help from you, my readers. In at least some of my posts I would like to do a new series, “Ask Dr. B.” You can ask whatever you like, I just won’t guarantee I will answer your question. Honestly, I don’t care how many bricks are in the Empire State Building. Nor do I care how many angels can dance on the head of a pin. Thomas Aquinas was much smarter than I am. If he couldn’t answer it, I probably can’t do it either.

My general intent is, to answer Bible questions, faith questions, theology questions, questions about the beliefs of various denominations. I would really like to at least attempt to answer your faith questions.

I am not going to guarantee you an answer. I will guarantee I will give it my best effort. My plan is the use these as blog posts a couple of times a week, so depending on the number of questions coming in, it could take a while. If I don’t understand the question, I will attempt to contact you, giving me any additional information I might need. I do reserve the right to reject a question for a variety of reasons including but not limited to, questions that would bring pain to others or even you, questions that are inappropriate, and questions that involve math (my math skills have never been good and besides, math was invented by demon possessed people who are out to drive us all nuts).

So that’s it. You can ask your questions by commenting below or emailing me at jkeithbroyles@gmail.com.

I would ask one other consideration from you. Remember, many of these questions may require some amount of research. I may not be able to give an answer in the short term. Besides being a blogger, I am a husband, father, grandfather, substitute teacher, do a music ministry, and pastor a church. Those all take time and if a comment is complex, it may take a while to understand what is at hand. Have patience.

I look forward to hearing you. Have a blessed weekend.

Seeking the genuine,
Keith

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The Top 10 – Top 10 List

A Top Ten List I don’t think is all that difficult to come up with, but what about the top ten top ten lists of things for a Christian to do during the Great Covit-19 Lockdown of 2020. I know I can do some of this on my own, I may even be able to come up with all of it on my own but to make this fun, come up with your own lists and place them in the comments.

List Number 10 – Watch Faith Movies

  • The Ten Commandments
  • War Room
  • God’s Not Dead
  • Fireproof
  • Courageous
  • Overcommer
  • Seasons of Gray
  • Facing the Giants
  • The Hiding Place
  • The Passion of the Christ

List Number 9 – Watch Secular Movies with a Christian Message

  • Bruce Almighty
  • The Blindside
  • The Apostle
  • The Hiding Place
  • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
  • Chariots of Fire
  • Seven Days in Eutopia
  • The Sound of Music
  • Soul Surfer
  • Dead Man Walking

List 8 – Board Games

  • Chess
  • Bibleopoly
  • Bible Trivia
  • Checkers
  • Life
  • Trivial Pursuit
  • Scrabble
  • Pictionary
  • Yatzee
  • Backgammon

List 7 – Card and Domino Games

  • Spades
  • Bridge
  • Uno
  • Dominos
  • 42
  • Gin/Rummy
  • Train
  • Hearts
  • Skip Bo
  • Go Fish

List 6 – Binge Watch Old Television Shows

  • Big Bang Theory
  • Star Trek The Next Generation
  • Hogan’s Heroes
  • Numbers
  • MASH
  • 24
  • McHale’s Navy
  • Gilligan’s Island
  • Leave it to Beaver
  • Happy Days

List 5 – Read a Christian Novel

  • Silence
  • Chasing Secrets
  • Average Joe
  • Cry the Beloved Country
  • The Stained Glass Jungle
  • The Screwtape Letters
  • The Memory Quilt
  • The Rapture of Canaan
  • Godric
  • Chasing the White Lion

List 4 – Read a Book on Christian Theology/Bible

  • The Bible
  • The Will of God
  • The Circle Maker
  • Half Truths
  • My Final Word
  • Does God Care How We Worship?
  • The Case for Faith
  • The Purpose Driven Life
  • The Soul of America
  • Searching for Sunday

List 3 – Christian Biography

  • Bonhoeffer
  • 7 Men
  • 7 Women
  • 50 People Every Christian Should Know
  • Tramp For the Lord
  • C.S. Lewis Master Storyteller
  • Just As I Am
  • One Faithful Life
  • The Cross and the Switchblade
  • The Prodigal Comes Home

List 2 – Write Something

  • Start keeping a journal
  • write your autobiography
  • Write a poem about faith
  • Write a song
  • Write biography on a person you admire
  • Start a blog
  • Write a sermon
  • Write a novel
  • Write a short story
  • Write an ebook on a subject where you are an authority
  • Write 2 letters a day to people that need to hear from you

List Number 1 – Other stuff

  • Start a podcast
  • Clean out your closets
  • Make masks for medical professionals
  • Begin a new hobby
  • Learn to play a musical instrument
  • Spring Cleaning
  • Build something
  • Cook
  • Research your family history
  • Make a list of the places in the world you wish to visit
  • Phone old friends

Well, that is my Top Ten List of Top Ten Lists challenge me, make your own list and lets compare.

I really hope you will take some time and play along on this one. Write your own lists or build on mine in the comments below.

Have A Blessed Day in the Lord.

In Search of the Genuine,
Keith

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Got to Let it Go

I take no credit for this pic but could find no source data.

25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. 26 “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold. 28 Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.

29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. (Ephesians 4:25-32, New International Version)

I am amazed it hasn’t happened already. In the last two weeks I have been inside almost all the time, inside the house, inside the car, inside the church, inside my mother’s house. I know, I know. There are others who have been inside even more thank I have as they have not left their house.

I was talking to someone the other day who told me it is not at all uncommon for the person to not leave the house for two or three days at a time. First of all, that person is an introvert. Second, the person went on to say, “Now that I have to stay home, I want to go everywhere.” In times like these we can all get pretty frustrated.

I get it. It isn’t an uncommon thing for me to stay home for one day, maybe two. I am not an introvert, I feed on contact with other people. I want to be around other people. I need to be around other people. I can make it for a day or two but right now I feel totally drained. To add to that, I am so frustrated with my self and with computers it is ridiculous. I am frustrated with myself because I went off and left several things at home and now I am paying the price. Most importantly, I left the power cord for my computer at home. I have done things on my phone and on my tablet in an effort to nurse the battery for things I had to do on the laptop. It is dead. And now I need it. There is information on it that exists no where else on the planet. It will be locked there until I get home. GRRRRR!!!!!! Why Keith did you leave something as important as the power cord at home?

I had decided I would write this blog post as a tutorial on tying a snake knot cross. I tied one and patiently took all the pictures with my phone. When I finished, I can’t get the pics off of my phone and onto my mom’s P.C. I can’t seem to get them to play together. I have had password issues. The evil person that decided we needed a different complex password for every program, website, computer and more has lost their mind. We aren’t supposed to write them down. I can’t remember all those passwords. I know the computer is supposed to remember them for you. And, on my computer, most of the time it does, but when, like right now, I am somewhere else, this computer does not know my passwords. I have discovered that when I need to submit a password on an app, it is time to change it. It has to be because I can’t remember. So I go through all the finger gymnastics to create a new password I still won’t remember.

So I can’t get my pics off my phone I moved from a how-to post to one about anger. They don’t quite seem to fit together. Neither does unresolved anger and good health, relationships, or a life in faith.

This post is a personal therapy post. It is my effort to do what Paul says in our lesson, to not let the sunset on my anger and to get rid of it. While a blog post is not always a way to get rid of my anger, it can be therapeutic. To write, something I enjoy, about subjects I enjoy, it is pretty difficult to stay mad for very long.

OK, rant over. Time to get on with my evening.

I hope yours is blessed too.

Seeking the Genuine,
Keith

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Diversions

Bishop

Your righteousness is like the strongest mountains;
    your justice is like the deepest sea.
        Lord, you save both humans and animals (Psalm 36:6, Common English Bible).

It seems like all I do since the quarantine started is sit with my computer in my lap getting something ready, a blog post, a sermon (I still haven’t started on), Children’s Faith Corner, Devo Live, email , did I mention I still need to work on my sermon, oh yeah, I guess I did.

I need a diversion. Something that will take my mind off the other things, perhaps give me a chuckle. Meet Bishop. Bishop is a dog pound dog. We think he may have some Italian Greyhound or Whippet in him. With the long legs and barreled chest, he is definitely a dog built for running and run he does. This dog loves to run.

In our condo Bishop will sprint across a diagonal path from the home study across the living room into the dining room to under the dining room table, stop on a dime, reverse course and do it again. This can go on for several minutes. It works for him because all those rooms are carpeted.

On occasion I will get him to run across the kitchen floor. It is tile and you can hear his nails run across the floor trying to gain some kind of traction that just isn’t there.

At my mom’s house, there is no carpet at all. But when Bishop woke up this morning, he was full of energy and started to run. With the floor plan of the house Bishop can run a lap from the living room into the formal dining room, then to the kitchen followed by the breakfast nook, and back into the living room. While there is no carpet in the house there is a large area rug in the living room. Traction was in short supply but he tried his best to run. The result was pretty funny.

Bishop is not a dog who will give you kisses. I have never had a dog before that didn’t want to lick people. Bishop never has. But that doesn’t mean he isn’t affectionate. He is. He likes to cuddle and get his face close to yours and then rub his head into your neck.

He also likes to sleep on the foot of my recliner. He will jump up on the chair, push his way between my legs, curl up and go to sleep. When he wakes up he is ready to run again.

Bishop Dude (as we call him) is truly a blessing from God. He has provided a lot of joy and comfort. When I was sick back at Christmas, Bishop was with me almost all the time. He stayed in my chair with me. He was doing his best to take care of me. He really didn’t “help” at all but he sure brought some joy.

I needed a diversion this morning. Bishop provided me that. And, God provided me with Bishop. I am so thankful for my little dog and the joy and distractions he provides to Cindy and me.

Christian comedian and singer, Mark Lowry came out on stage wearing a T-shirt saying, “Dogs Go to Heaven – Psalm 36:6.” Ever since I was a kid I have hoped that to be the case. While it may be taken out of context, Lowry uses Psalm 36:6 to give those of us with pets hope we will see them again.

Mark Lowry at the Dove Awards

While I was trying to find exactly what Mark’s t-shirt said, I ran across an article that was talking about quarantined pets and the way the help us.

“…pets are providing comfort and relief to desperate people. For ages, cats, dogs, and the occasional rabbit have been beloved companions. But in an unprecedented moment like this one, they’ve become, essentially, emotional first responders.” Does that mean I have to pay Bishop? How much is my co-pay?

I guess I need to bring this to a close as Bishop is standing by my chair waiting to jump into my lap. It won’t be long before he is up here, paws in the middle of the keyboard. Then work will be impossible.

Have a blessed day.

Seeking the genuine,
Keith

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Oh, and just so you know, before anyone asks if the Bishop knows I named my dog after him, the answer is no. It is no because Bishop is not named after the Bishop. He had the name when we got him from the pound. I thought it the perfect name for a Methodist preacher’s dog so I left it just as the pound had named him.

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Source: https://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/pets-animals/people-are-adopting-pandemic-pets-during-coronavirus-and-its-restoring-our-faith-in-humanity/ar-BB11B2Rw?ocid=spartanntp
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