Friday, March 21, 2008

Obedience in Action

I enjoyed my day off by attending a dog show. It wasn't a big national dog show, just a local one. But it had a huge turnout and was fun all the same.

My friend Nancy showed her German Shepherd, Heidi, in the Novice B obedience competition. They've been taking classes for a while now, and their hard work paid off. Heidi listened to Nancy's commands and followed them well, getting distracted by the crowd only a couple of times. At the end of her performance, she was awarded with a blue first-place ribbon and some cute doggie items.

As I thought about Heidi's small acts of obedience and the rewards that it brought her, I began to reflect upon the most magnificent act of obedience that took place on this day, Good Friday, so many years ago.

God asked His only Son to die for the sins of all mankind. And though Jesus requested that God "take this cup" from Him, He stated that He wanted His Father's will to be done, not His own. And because of His obedience, we received the gift of forgiveness for our sins and new life in the Father.

Father, thank You for the work You did on the cross through your Son. When I am tempted to do things my way, please bring my mind back to the concept that obedience produces blessing.


Renae said...

Such an important lesson for us all to remember!


Britta Coleman said...

Oh my goodness, I was at that show! We had a wonderful time, and the dogs--and owners--were too much fun to watch.

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TJ Wilson said...

ok, just came from Britta's blog and cracked up at her description of the event. Love this!

"Bluebonnet in the snow" said...

R, B, K, & TJ - Thanks for all the encouragement you have each given me on this path to obedience.