Tuesday, January 31, 2012

True Worship

I came to an uncomfortable conclusion last night.  My dog worships me.  Just look at the evidence.  When I am sitting at the computer he lies my my feet, making sure I don't go anywhere without him knowing.  He follows me everywhere I go.  I go the kitchen and he is on my heels.  I go to the bathroom and he comes in looking for me.  I grab his leash and he heads for the door, ready to follow wherever I will lead him.  The neighbors tell me that when I am gone they hear him howling in distress, uncertain what to do without me.  The clincher came last night.  My son Will and I went to get some Chinese for dinner while Marilyn hung out at home.  She told me later that the entire time I was gone he howled and laid on the bed starring out the window, waiting for my return.  I just have to face the facts.  Conner the Dog worships me, unworthy as I am. 

And the more I thought about it, the more I realized what a great example of true worship it is!  I want to feel that way about Jesus every single day.  I want to long to know where he will take me next.  I want to follow him everywhere he wants to lead me.  I want to feel the need to be in his presence so strongly that when I feel like I have wandered away (because if we feel separated from God, it is us who moved) I howl with grief, hoping he will hear my cries and come rescue me yet again.  I want to be constantly vigilant, following him in the here and now and waiting for the glory of his return.  This is what true worship is- giving ourselves completely to the One we worship.  I want to be like that.  Jesus invites us all, with all of our faults and failures and blemishes, to come follow him.  It is a come just as we are invitation, but it comes with a price- that we take up our cross and follow him no matter what.  I realize now that Conner is not only a faithful dog, he is a walking object lesson.  I want to need Jesus so bad that is hurts.  LORD, I want to howl for you.  I hope you will all join me.  

Because of Jesus,


  1. Very true observation about the devotion we should have to our Savior! Thanks Carl!

  2. We should all have this type of love and devotion to our master. Beautiful analogy Carl.

  3. Thanks so much, Shae and Amy. It is great to share the journey with such faithful sisters-in-Christ!


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