Heads or Tails with Jean Harrison

After joining a group of women at church in doing an online devotional called "Good Morning Girls", where the women take a passage of Scripture and "S.O.A.P." it (Scripture-Observation-Application-Prayer) Jean found herself thinking through Scripture and it's application to life in her walks with her new puppy, Buddy. Here are some of her musings...

Did the Dog Really Eat the Dryer Sheet?

Brian usually takes Buddy out in the mornings.  I don't enjoy going out in 20 degree or less weather, but my husband is made of sterner stuff than me.  Back in the Summer, I grew to really dislike "garbage day" because of our puppy.  Most people put their trash out at night for the following day and the birds and cats tear it up and scatter it.  All the smells from everybody's trash at the curb is just too overwhelming for a puppy's nose.  I can't imagine that addiction is going to improve with age!  
   I tend to keep a really close watch on Buddy when I take him out so he doesn't grab any rubbish.  He grabs, chews, and swallows any trash at lightning speed.  Too much of the time, we have no idea what is now going through the dog's digestive system.  This week, on garbage day, Brian noticed a stray dryer sheet blowing in the wind.  Buddy, of course, pounced on it.  A new toy!  But where did it go?  Brian said he saw Buddy swallow and then the dryer sheet was nowhere in sight.  Would our dog really find a dryer sheet tasty?  Answer:  probably.  I was a little concerned about the chemicals that are in dryer sheets, but our puppy has survived once again.
   Indeed, as followers of Christ, what kind of rubbish do we swallow?  Are we blown about by the wind of politics, frightening news stories, and worldly trends?  Are we doing our very best in knowing God and trusting in Him alone?
  Well, this situation has made me think of what Jesus was teaching in Mark 7:20-23 "What comes out of a man, that defiles a man.  For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness.  All these evil things come from within and defile a man."