My dog is crazy. Literally. He really does some funny things. If you own a dog, I'm sure your dog does some crazy things too. Dogs are funny.
Ranger has a one track mind, well, maybe 3 track mind.
Track one- eat. Which manifests itself with his daily feedings, and attention to all things going on in the kitchen in hopes of catching falling morsels.
Track two- walks. He loves to go on walks. Its his "love language" any hope of a walk sends him into a frenzy.
Track three- Backyard craziness. My Dog is convinced that there are squirrels on the other side of the fence at all times. So he either tries to jump the fence, or my charge the back gate at full speed.
I've included a picture of him trying to jump the fence. The second one, him charging the gate, is of current annoyance to me. Here's how it works- each night when it is time to go to bed, I let him out into the back yard to do his business and he always does the same thing. He charges, at full speed while barking towards our back gate. It is very annoying, because its late at night and my neighbors bedroom is right by there.
I was thinking about it last night. Why does he do this same thing every night? Here's what has happened- at some point, there probably was something there, and he has been conditioned to believe that there is a critter there for him to attack. So every night, he goes back to it.
Simply put, he has formed a habit that is not grounded in reality. He believes something that is not true, and it is causing him to get excited about something that that is not there.
In good ol' Pastor Matt blog fashion, it occurred to me last night- this is how a lot of people are when it comes to their own life. We have been conditioned to believe things that are not true. We get excited about stuff that is not grounded in reality.
Here's the hard part- when we habitually believe things that are not true. Sometimes it gets labeled as 'worry' or 'fear' or some other negative emotion. It not only inhibits our ability to function properly, it can run the risk of stagnating our spiritual growth because we continue in a thought process that is not of God.
God has not given us a spirit of fear, but has given us a sound mind. Challenge yourself today and think if there is an area in your own life that you habitually believe something that is not true and decide to stop it.
Yes, there may have been a squirrel on that fence one time, but its not there every time.