|Rambo's Picture on Petfinder.com|
|Kisses from Rambo|
|Adoption Day: March 20, 2004|
He has been the best addition to my life! It is wonderful to have someone (okay, something) to come home to that is always happy to see you. His tail never, and I mean NEVER, stops wagging! We have been inseparable ever since (he is napping right next to me at the moment)! Rambo loves to cuddle and is always there when I have a bad day! He is the most loving creature I've ever met. He greets everyone with kisses, and all he asks for is a little belly rub. He is smart, playful, and thinks he's human (is that a bad thing?). He couldn't hurt a fly. You can yell at him, and probably hurt him, and he would come right back to you with unconditional love.
|Sleeping like a human, after I've gotten up for the day.|
This reminds me of our often fickle relationships with Jesus. Everyday, He offers us a free gift of unconditional love and a relationship with him. He wants to communicate with us daily. But how often do we ignore Christ? Either our lives seem to be going well, or maybe we are just too busy. We don't think we NEED Him, until something happens. Then, we remember that He is there. Sometimes by that point, we are angry at Him because we didn't get what we want or life didn't work out the way we think it should have. We hurl insults at him, ignore him, or blame him for the poor choices we made. Is that really fair? Thankfully, Jesus is going to remain faithful.
"The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger, abounding in love. "
That doesn't mean there won't be consequences for our behavior, but He will be right by our side loving us along the way while we pick up the pieces. Deuteronomy 31:6 says, "he will never leave you nor forsake you." The Lord will meet us where we are with unconditional love, but he wants more. He wants a DAILY relationship with us. He wants to communicate with us daily and wants us to live out our faith each day. This is the challenge Jesus gave his disciples:
"Then he said to them all; 'If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it.'"
He challenges us to love others like He loved us! This is where we will truly find life and joy in our lives, when we make the most of our relationship with the Lord. Perhaps we should think about how we treat this most important relationship. How much attention do you give your relationship with Jesus?
And don't worry ... there will be many more Rambo stories to come in future blogs! ;-)