Love is Hard

I’m a dog lover… but it is trying at times.

Take tonight for instance. First, our less than two year old Golden Doodle ‘Mo’ (half Golden Retriever half Poodle) ate an entire corn cob… aaaahhhh. If you are a dog owner you know that can be big time trouble… it doesn’t digest, so it can block the intestines and cause serious problems and expensive surgeries. So, the plan (recommended by experts) is to wait and watch. Watch what… you may ask. Well, its not that hard to figure out. We have to watch to make sure he… well, uh… can continue to go #2 without incident. Fun.

Second, while I was looking around for other ‘stashed‘ corn cobs (yep… he’s that smart) I came across some old dog vomit under the couch cushions… yuck. It took 20 minutes of scrubbing and scraping (scraping with a knife!!!) to clean it up. Obviously, this terror of a dog had gotten into something else not too long ago.

So I ask myself… why do I love dogs again? I just do. And all that gross and inconvenient work regarding corn cobs and vomit is worthwhile (aggravating, but worthwhile).

If we’ve been around ourselves for awhile we can surely agree that we’re not perfect. Not only are we not perfect, but we have a number of serious faults and shortcomings. With that in mind, it’s hard to believe in the Christian truth that God loves us despite our junk, that God loves us even though we are aggravating and a lot of work.

This is not to say that we are like God’s lovable dogs or pets… but, it is to say that God loves us despite the cost, despite the work, despite the worry, and despite our less than wise choices and troubles. God finds us worthwhile.

The most famous and often quoted Scripture of all time is John 3:16

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life

Now, that may have some baggage for folks who are skeptical about the Christian faith… but what it really means is that God risked it all of those God loved (which is everyone). God did it all for those God loved.

Can you believe it?