[CF Devotionals] 2017-06-21 - In Training

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I’ve been working with our new family member, Mel, to learn some basic commands involved with following directions and learning new things. Mel is some mix that seems to include a mix of Retriever, some German Short-hair Pointer and maybe even a little Boxer in there somewhere. She was a rescue dog and was almost a year-and-a-half old, when we found her at the local SPCA. She loves to learn, is very curious, quite intelligent, as well as very well-behaved. She gets understandably restless at times, so I was looking up some things I could teach her while using that excess curiosity and energy for good. I found the standard stuff of things like: sit, stay, come, heel, fetch, down, stand up, bringing slippers, etc.

I found a couple odd, that some people might like, but I am quite sure I would have no interest in teaching my pup. Would you want to teach your pup to limp? I would never want to have my dog pretending to be hurt, and then maybe not realize she was really injured. The idea of teaching it makes no sense for me. Another one that is often funny, but not sensible from my own point of view, is playing dead. After seeing the long list, I thought maybe we should add one to the list - like whining. Why not? I guess that will happen enough, anyway, at some point. The main idea is training her to understand what we expect of her, and also for her to then have an enjoyable life in our family.

As a follower of Christ, it’s such a blessing to have God’s word, to learn what he expects and so I, too, can have an enjoyable life as a child in his family. What a wonderful maker I am delighted to serve. He is so good to me every single day, in spite of my feeling like a big mess very often. I’m his - and he’s enough.

”Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)

“Then he sheweth them their work, and their transgressions that they have exceeded. He openeth also their ear to discipline, and commandeth that they return from iniquity. If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures.” (Job 36:9-11)

“No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” (Hebrews 12:11 NIV)

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All scripture references are from the King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted.

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