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Chip Shots from the Ruff of Life

Devotional for January 14

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It was one of those days right after a rain when the weatherman had said that the skies would be clear for several days. I washed my car. Actually got out the car wash formula, hose, wax and chamois. Spent some serious time working over my little gem to make her shine like the sun. I was proud of the way she looked and relaxed in my home that evening smug in the thought of a job well done. Then came the morning.

My wife left for work and I settled in with my computer to get some work done. About ten o'clock I decided to head to the local hospital and check on one of our church members who was there for heart problems. When I came out of the house and prepared to get into my car I was stunned. My car was a mess. It looked like every cat for four counties had walked through mud and then searched out my car to clambor over. My wash job was ruined.

I went on to the hospital to visit our church member. I was somewhat sullen until I considered who I was about to see. His plight was a whole lot worse than my cat tracks. When I arrived at his room he was in a very good mood. He had just found out that surgery was not going to be necessary. His problem was not that serious and could be handled through medication. So I shared with him my cat tracks story.

After we both had good laugh from it, he said, "You should have stayed up all night and kept the cats away." Suddenly it hit me. Life is kind of like that. We get ourselves washed thoroughly clean by the blood of Jesus and then we have to watch out for ourselves so that we don't get overcome by the devil again.

"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world." 1 Peter 5:8, 9 We don't have to sit up all night, but we do have to watch out for ourselves. With the work of salvation that Jesus has done for us, it would be a pity to see it marred by cat tracks.

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