Obedience to Temptation

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I inherited my dog, Tye when I married my husband. It was a package deal and it is a package full of fun and adventure. Tye is a Border Collie and Australian Shepherd mix and literally goes everywhere with us. He may ride in the back seat of the truck and jump through the window to the bed of the truck to see other animals that we may pass. He doesn’t want to miss a thing. He even enjoys cruising in the front seat of my convertible while the wind blows through his fur. If he would allow me, I would slip a pair of dark sunglasses on him and he’d be looking like a cool dog!

Tye’s obedience and work ethic is unbelievable and so is his respect for his master, my husband. If someone instructs him with an order, he instantly looks to my husband for the “ok” command. Otherwise, he will not be responding to the instruction. His loyalty to his master is that strong as long as his master is in plain sight. That is, unless a ball is thrown for his pleasure. This is the only way to get Tye distracted while with his master.

When the ball is thrown, it takes a bounce, he hits it with his nose and the trajectory of it is now skyward. He then jumps with full force and twist his body in the air while catching with one quick snatch. This always gets a celebrating scream from me.

When my husband isn’t nearby, he turns to me but not in the same intent manner. Our bond isn’t as strong as Master and dog. He definitely loves me but respects his master.

Our Master is with us at all times. Why do we sometimes react to temptations as Tye does when a ball is thrown for his pleasure, as if our Master isn’t with us or as if we forget He exist?

Matthew 26:41 Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

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