By Jody Bennett

Lessons from a sausage dog (Part 8)

It never ceases to amaze me how our sausage dog is attracted to the most revolting things!

I mash up old vegetable off-cuts for our worm farm and Carrie loves to put her nose in the bucket and get a good few licks of the green, soupy mess.

She also likes bird carcasses that she finds on our walks, cat faeces and any empty food wrappers.

sausage dog

We are often saying, "Yuck, Carrie! Leave that alone, you disgusting dog!"

What we think smells and looks awful, she finds enticing. Sometimes she even takes perfectly clean, fresh bones that we give her and buries them in the garden until they smell really bad before she eats them.

Aren't people just the same? There is something in us attracted to darkness, evil, shameful deeds and dirt.

We often enjoy gossip, horror stories, tales of murder and mayhem, and things that are occult and mysterious.

Look at T-shirt designs, children's toys, movies or even our language – wicked and sick are the modern slang for things we like!

I think God must sometimes look at me, the way I look at my dog and say, "Yuck, Jody, that's filthy! Leave it alone! It will make you sick!"

Sometimes the things we are drawn to must make God sick to His stomach, so to speak, the way the worm food nauseates me.

That is why we need to read the Bible. So that we start to develop spiritual senses to see, smell and taste like God does. So that we will approve of what is holy and righteous, instead of what is tainted by sin. As Romans 12: 2 says, "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will."

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