What Would be the Highlight of Your Day?

by Stan Mitchell
ridgebacks2.jpg“Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things” (Philippians 3:19).
I had two dogs in Africa, beautiful khaki colored Rhodesian ridgebacks. But there were some odd things about these dogs. They never admired a sunset; they didn’t care if the flower garden bloomed prolifically; they were unmoved by a lovely piece of Mozart’s music. They seemed to have no aesthetic sense whatsoever.
The highlight of their day was dinner. They would wait outside the kitchen door at around five in the evening, panting and salivating, anxiously awaiting the climax of their puppy dog existence.
And their highlight was over in seconds, for they would wolf the food down, taking no time to savor the taste or aroma of the meal.
And then it was all over.
This is typical for dogs, of course. But it is a pity when humans live life on the canine level. Is our “god” our stomach? I’m not speaking about meals, but of a life dedicated to fulfilling nothing more than physical sensations. I fear many people do live on this basic level. Sunsets? Music? Friendships and laughter? Do we take the time to enjoy these, too, or do we have as much depth as Fido?
And what of the spiritual? Do we take the time to feed our emotional and spiritual selves? During the holidays, do more than fill your belly; fill your soul!

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