3 Lessons From Dog Poop About Overcoming Sin

As the mother of young boys, poop is the topic of far more conversations than I care to disclose, but this morning the idea was all mine. I took advantage of my husband’s later than usual departure for work and walked the dog.  Quiet walks alone aren’t a staple around here these days since those two boisterous boys of mine are out of school for the summer.

While we were walking, my sweet old girl did what dogs do and as I was cleaning up behind her, I couldn’t help but think about three way overcoming sin parallels poop.

3 Lessons From Poop About Overcoming Sin

1.Be {over} prepared. This morning Hannah hadn’t been out yet, so I knew she would be producing at least one pile of poop for me to clean up. I took four bags, just in case. I only needed two, but I was prepared, just in case. You never know, a bag might have an unnoticed hole or one might break, or she could have been more prolific than ever before.  Satan will try to trick, tempt, tease and take us down the wrong path and his attempts are often at times or in places we least expect it. The way to be prepared when dealing with his treacherous ways that lead us to sin is to be in the word, to read it, study it, know it word for word when possible. Know what God says about you, how He expects you to live and the assurances He give us through His Son. Just like those walmart bags I carried with me today, the Word of God is free to each one of us. Download it on your phone or pick up a copy at a local church. You can even still find them in the nightstand drawer at some hotels. You can never have too much bible knowledge.  You never know when you will need even the most obscure verse to protect you from the schemes of the Devil. “The word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12 So when we read it we are able to discern if our thoughts and actions are in accord with how we will be judged by Jesus and in so doing we can be protected from the wiles of the devil. It is also the only offensive weapon mentioned in Ephesians when Paul encourages us to put on the whole armor of God. By studying the Word, we are more likely to be prepared with the right word when we are in danger of falling prey to the devil’s dastardly deeds.

By studying the Word, we are more likely to be prepared with the right word when we are in danger of falling prey to the devil’s dastardly deeds. @LizGiertz Click To Tweet

2. Pick it up {NO MATTER WHAT}. Even if nobody saw. The second pile my precious companion deposited this morning was at the edge of the woods in some bushes around the bend in the road where nobody could see. Believe me, for a split second, it crossed my mind to just leave it.  Nobody saw it. Who would ever know? But I knew it would haunt me. I thought, “What if a child chased after a ball that got loose in just that exact spot and stepped in it?” Just like a steaming pile of poop our sin lingers around stinking up our lives until we confess it. It will eat at us us until we let it drive us to our knees.  And no matter how well we think it is hidden, God knows it before we even bring it to Him. “For the eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good,” Proverbs 15:3 and He “will bring every work into judgement, including every secret thing.” Ecclesiastes 12:14. So, no matter how big or small the sin and even if you think nobody else knows about it, confess it, no matter what. You’ll be glad you did!

No matter how big or small the sin, even if you think nobody else knows about it, confess it, no matter what. @LizGiertz Click To Tweet

3. Get rid of it {ASAP}. I’m trying hard to avoid the insidious phrase from a popular Disney movie, so instead, I will say, “Get rid of it!”  Every dog owner who has carried a bag of fresh poop around for any length of time while searching for an appropriate receptacle knows it is not a pleasant task. That is one bag you want to get rid of as quickly as possible. It’s the same with our guilt and shame we carry around over our sins. Once they are confessed, we need to ___ __ __, too. The bible tells us that “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.”  Psalm 103:12. But we humans are prone to  toting them around with us even after they’ve been confessed, and that stinks even more than that bag of poop I carried for a quarter mile looking for a trash can this morning. Hanging on to guilt and shame doesn’t make us more holy or more forgiven, so get rid of it ASAP! If you think otherwise, perhaps you need to re-read tactic number one, because it just may be Satan who is encouraging you to carry around that wretched guilt and shame in at attempt to draw you away from the peace found in the love and forgiveness of our Creator.

Hanging on to guilt and shame doesn’t make us more holy or more forgiven, so get rid of it ASAP! @LizGiertz Click To Tweet

Which lesson can you apply today?

Do you need to work more on being over prepared to thwart the attacks of the Devil?  Is there some sin you need to pick up and pass off to our most merciful God?  Are you carrying around a bag of stinky guilt and shame you need to get rid of ASAP? How can you be more like a responsible dog owner today?

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