Almost two years ago, my kids asked for a dog. They were insistent, and after many discussions and promises on their part, we adopted one from the local shelter. Not long after bringing her home, we realized she’d was well trained but also discovered she had a bad habit.
Our dog was what most describe as a “picky eater.” Initially, she wouldn’t eat her dry food. Not sure why she wouldn’t, we called the shelter and asked what they were feeding her. It turns out the dog shelter provides their dog’s canned food. Knowing this, we started to add a little canned food to her dry food.
She took to it, and we slowly transitioned the canned food out until she realized what happened. Shortly after, she again refused to eat dry food without the juicy canned food. We researched the possible causes, but everything continued to point to her being a picky eater.
Frustrated and concerned she was not eating, we caved in and added flavor to her food from our leftovers. The problem with this solution is that now when we don’t “flavor” her food, she turns her nose up at the dry food. Also, it’s not the healthiest for her in the long run.
Now we’re focused on breaking this bad habit for her health and well being. Her story reminds me of how many times we also are selective about making the right choices. We live in a world that teaches us that the “right things” are subjective and must “feel” right. We also tend to make the right choices when it’s easy and convenient.
However, the reality is that sometimes, doing the right thing is not appetizing, but when you do, you’ll realize it’s the best food for the soul.
Where or what do you turn on how to make the right choices for your life? Be real; be honest.
Pray and ask God for the desire, direction and determination to do the right things according to His word. Then create a plan on how you will do this. Bonus: Share this with a fellow brother and have them hold you accountable.