The Doggy Bag Devotional – an update and an ‘hors d’oeuvres’

Posted: June 11, 2017 in Perspective
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16 days until the official release of The Doggy Bag Devotional! The books are on their way, the e-book version is almost done and website is close to completion.

At times, we can all struggle with reading retention, comprehension and life application. This devotional is 52 weekly life lessons, broken down into small daily reads (ie. 5-15 minutes over breakfast), engaging each weekly topic from a variety of angles (stories, biblical perspectives, original Greek/Hebrew word definitions, personal reflection questions and more). This method of studying God’s Word has proven to be very effective in helping us understand and apply the bible to our lives.

Writing this devotional has surely challenged me in many ways. However, it has also strengthened my faith and deepened my understanding of how important it is to not only fill ourselves with a bit of God’s Word each day, but also be able to understand it and apply it to our lives. It’s daily ‘food’ for our spirit.

Below is an example of a weekly topic you’ll find in The Doggy Bag Devotional:

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Perspective: Cars

Day 1

cars

 

 

Our lives are a bit like cars; although each have similar general purposes, each model is built just a bit different – unique to its Creator’s intent and design.

A few things to ponder in this life – automobile comparison:

  1. A little maintenance and cleaning are needed periodically, inside and out, in order to maintain peak performance and identity. Just like our cars, we need a ‘tune-up’ and a ‘wash’ every so often. The ‘road of life’ has a way of wearing us down and making us dirty. A vacation or intently spending time with those we love… a routine physical, exercise and a healthy diet are all great ways to keep our ‘engine’ running as efficiently and effectively as possible.
  2. Only let behind the wheel, someone who knows how to take us from where we are to where we need to go. Our lives have no shortage of opportunities to do something, go somewhere or be someone. But, we will surely tire-out trying to do everything. So the question becomes, ‘what do I choose?’ Who do I believe? The truth is – regardless of what people tell you, God alone knows the what, where, why and when. Yes, those around us may validate or confirm where God is wanting to lead us, but God should be the first place we go for answers. He should be the One behind the ‘wheel’.
  3. There is a reason every car has extra room for others. Likewise, life is about the people we allow into our ‘space’ and the relationships we build with them. This life would be quite meaningless (and boring) without others in it. We need people and they need us. There is no success, no achievement, no accomplishment we will ever do that doesn’t involve others in some form or fashion. One of the easiest and most effective ways to build healthy and positive relationships with others is to find out what’s important to them and offer to help them pursue their goals.
  4. Without a trustworthy GPS on a long journey, we can easily get lost. Likewise, we all have a ‘life GPS’ – something guiding our way. It may be money, success, career, God, pain, revenge, etc. Healthy or not, we all have something that is leading the way. This is why we must choose our ‘GPS’ carefully. We are all going somewhere. Guaranteed, there is an ‘end of the road’ sometime in the future. The question is – will the road you’ve chosen lead you where you hoped you’d be? Your dreams and goals are worth pursuing with intention, just make sure they are for the right reasons and the right ‘guidance system’ is piloting your journey.

‘The Lord has told you, human, what is good; he has told you what he wants from you: to do what is right to other people, love being kind to others, and live humbly, obeying your God.’ – Micah 6:8 (NCV)

 

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