The Death of a “Pet”

Today, September 19, 2013, my life-long companion Underdog passed away. Underdog was known for her self-pitying, self-loathing, yet prideful posture. On walks she looked mostly at the ground with a smirk on her snout that suggested she expected a reward for this later on. Sometimes she received doggie treats, but never enough to satiate her enormous hunger.

Underdog was needy all the time. Her nick-name was Never Enough. When not sulking, she lay at home, whining. She whined to be pet with affection. She begged to be fed from the table. She pawed pitifully for recognition.

Underdog, however, never achieved the great destiny she believed she deserved. Instead her posture eventually left her crippled. Her appetite left her grossly unhealthy, and her incessant whining left her alone and abandoned by even those who tried to love her.

The death of my “pet” is a day to celebrate. I have walked and taken care of Underdog long enough! Today, in the great process of becoming more like Jesus Christ, instead of being tugged along by Underdog, I walk taller and freer Under God.

What pet attitudes or beliefs keep you company? What lies do you live with?

God knew what He was doing from the very beginning. He decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love Him along the same lines as the life of his Son. The Son stands first in the line of humanity He restored. We see the original and intended shape of our lives there in Him. After God made that decision of what his children should be like, He followed it up by calling people by name. After He called them by name, He set them on a solid basis with Himself. And then, after getting them established, He stayed with them to the end, gloriously completing what He had begun. –Romans 8:29-30 (The Message)

God, thank You for setting us free from lies that have become destructive companions to us. Make us like Jesus. We praise You for the destiny and freedom we truly have in You.

6 Replies to “The Death of a “Pet””

  1. Called by name… I love the way The Message put that verse, Sara — thanks for sharing it. We just don’t know our names well enough, do we? We respond to the name we call ourselves, or the one the world calls us, but our Maker has a new name — one with profound meaning and depth. Now, to still the other voices…

    1. Kirsten,
      It’s wonderful to see you here!

      Yes, we need to remember what He calls us. Sometimes I think stilling the other voices calls for action, but mostly I remember Who He is and who I am when I simply rest.

    1. Karyn,
      You’ve recently been in my thoughts and prayers. Thanks for chiming in. It’s great to hear from you, too. Blessings to you and yours!

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