Friday, February 12, 2010

Stuck Paws


But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s delicacies….
Daniel 1:8

Recommended Reading
Daniel 1:1-8

One day last September, Chalupa, a Chihuahua in Pennsylvania, was getting his regular bath in the kitchen sink when one of his rear paws got stuck in the drain. His owner tried everything to free him, including liquid soap, cooking oil, and ice. When nothing worked, the Homer City Volunteer Fire Department was called into action. They disassembled the plumbing under the sink and cut away the drain using tin snips. Chalupa was unhurt, but he’s understandably cautious now about drains.

The lesson? We should keep our paws away from drainage spots—those little, downward-pulling areas of life that seem harmless but can trap the soul. The Bible warns us to beware the little foxes that spoil the vines (Song of Solomon 2:15).

Daniel chose to live a life without compromise. Too often, we allow ourselves to indulge in little thoughts, words, actions, or attitudes that are harmful to the soul. But there are no “small” sins. It’s safest to keep our paws away from the drain traps.

The great father of lies…will declare that great sins are but little…. Many souls, I doubt not, have been caught in this trap.
Charles Spurgeon

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