Buddy likes to play ball in the house. We throw his ball down the hallway and it bounces off the walls and many times goes under the bookcase there and gets lodged. I grew very tired of walking to the bookcase, bending over, and retrieving the ball from under the bookcase. This game is supposed to wear the dog out, not me. So I used what was at hand, which are two lids from computer paper boxes, to shove under the bookcase and block the ball from going under there.
I have noticed that, if Buddy thinks I am "not totally in the game" with him and leaving everything else undone.......as in reading, typing on my Ipad, watching tv, he walks away from the ball throwing. He doesn't think much of me when I am only half-heartedly playing with him. He wants me down on the floor, on the same level as him. My puppy wants my legs stuck out so he can jump over them. Now that's "being in the game with him".
I am a follower of Christ but throughout each day "am I really in the game with Him"? This is not a joke but definitely serious. Am I attentive to His Presence 24/7 ? Do I recognize and use the opportunities that I have everyday to be a witness of His Work? We all have the same amount of time everyday, but do I use it wisely and for Him? Serious questions require serious introspection and answers. In the Old Testament, the Israelites were required at certain seasons to "afflict their souls". How am I doing with that?
God speaks about this condition in Matthew 15:8 "These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men".
Oh how devastated I would be if my God said that about me.