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I’d Better Start Listening

November 1, 2010

A friend of mine, someone who has always been a role model for me, one of those people about whom I think, “What would Alyson do” when faced with a dilemma, posted this video on her facebook page, so of course, I watched it.

This afternoon.

With sunlight streaming in my office and my big stupid dog chasing squirrels outside my window.

Now I am terrified. It’s silly. It’s nonsense. I don’t believe this stuff. I’m an Episcopalian. I believe in never wearing white shoes after Labor Day.

But what if I’m wrong?

What if the devil is out to kill me?

What if the reason for my survival, for the miracle that is me, here, watching my big stupid dog chase shadows, is that I God has ordained some great work for me and He is keeping me alive so I can do it?

What if I never figure out what it is?


From → Dog

8 Comments
  1. Holy Crap! I’m pretty sure I’m glad you shared this……

  2. Chris permalink

    I don’t think God finds big (“great” meaning 1) to be more important (“great” meaning 2) and small to be less important, so I would expect that you do the things you are created to do each day. The care and raising of children, the writing of words, caring for a spouse and yourself, these are only small as the world measures things.

  3. Daniel Permenter permalink

    Or maybe you just need to survive to tell your story. Maybe its to be an encouragement to others but your happiness. Maybe you are doing EXACTLY what you are supposed to do.

  4. this is why I lubs my friends.

  5. Nicole permalink

    You don’t have to figure it out Elizabeth! God will guide you and you may never know how He uses you…but He does.

  6. Mary Knapp permalink

    I realize it’s unfashionable (though maybe not as bad as wearing white shoes after Labor Day) to think the devil is real.

    I also believe that God is real, and that Jesus was and is real (that’s unfashionable too in many circles), and Jesus spoke to, and about, the devil.
    Therefore, I must conclude that the devil is real.

    And one of his biggest lies is to convince people that everyday life is not holy.

    As Teresa of Avila said, “God walks among the pots and pans.”

    Keep living your life and making God smile.

  7. Caroline Kirkpatrick permalink

    This video does have valid content in it. I do believe that the modern day church and modern day world, for that matter, do grossly underestimate the influence that Satan is trying to have over the world. Scripture does say that the Devil is like a roaring lion seeking to devour us and it also says in Revelation that Satan is angry because he knows his time is short. One day, Satan will lose all of his power as the prince of this fallen world and as time goes on, he is growing angrier about that matter.

    However, I do understand why this topic would make people want to cover their ears and go running for the hills. I have often contemplated how hard the notion is that the more spiritually mature I become, the harder Satan will work to undo me in more roundabout ways. It may be the truth, but it is very hard to take and could become very discouraging. So, the best thing to do is to ask God to help us handle the reality that the Devil is…to grant us discernment about what our purpose in this life is and to protect us from evil. I agree that we can serve God in the smallest of ways and that some of the least spiritually distracted people are the ones that seek to serve God in the most humble of ways. This isn’t so much about how we serve God, but is more about asking for discernment and deliverance from evil.

  8. As a Buddhist, I don’t have a dog in this fight, but this essay may be of interest.

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