Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | November 22, 2017

Kepler Gives Thanks

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Futile Thankfulness

Woof! Woof! This is Kepler again, Master’s Parson (Jack) Russell terrier. I’m writing another article for Master’s blog.

Master is the BibleScienceGuy, and he agreed this is a good time of year for me to tell people why and to whom I’m thankful.

I suggested this to Master after I heard him converse about gratitude recently with someone we met on one of our walks. Master takes me on walks all around whatever campground we happen to be in, and we often meet other dogs and their owners.

This month I met a shaggy pit bull / sheepdog mix that was totally unruly. No wonder that Bullet needed a nail-studded leather collar and heavy leash! He was so hideous that I thought he should have to wear a hood to completely cover his head. While Bullet and I were sniffing each other, I overheard Master talking with Bullet’s owner, a truck driver. I will skip their boring chatter and go right to the meat of it:
Truck driver: “That gal in the little Jetta swerved right in front of me, making me stand on my brakes something awful. I thank the universe I didn’t jackknife!”
Master: “Close call! I too think it’s important to be thankful. But why did you thank the universe? How exactly did the universe keep you from jackknifing? What did the universe do? How did the universe deliver you?”
Truck driver: “Well, I don’t really know. I think the universe was controlling my fate and helped me somehow. I just felt relieved that I didn’t jackknife and wanted to give thanks.”
Master: “I understand the desire to give thanks. I have it everyday. But I give thanks to the One who actually delivers me and gives me many blessings every day.”
Truck driver: “What do you mean? Who does that?”
Master: “The Great Creator — the God of the Bible who made the heavens, the earth, the sea, and all that is in them. He made me, rescued me from my sin, and blesses me every day. The universe can’t do anything for or against you or me. Only the Creator of the universe has the power to help you.”
Truck driver: “Oh, you must be one of those religious fanatics.”
Master: “Maybe. I do happen to believe in honoring and thanking the Great Creator. Think about who helped you keep from jackknifing. Was it really the universe?”

Master’s conversation got me to thinking about thankfulness. I’m thankful for a bunch of stuff this year:

Strutting Toms

Strutting Toms patrolling a campground

Kepler’s List of Thanks

1. I’m thankful I’m not a turkey. I have heard what happens to many turkeys on Thanksgiving. Recently we were in a store where I saw lots of turkeys without any feathers wrapped only in plastic in a very cold place. It gave me the shivers. Then, adjacent to the very cold turkeys, I saw big “turkey pans” and jugs of peanut oil for sale. Master said they would be used to help the turkeys warm up. That made me feel better, but I saw Missus shudder.

2. I’m thankful Master feeds me every day. He never forgets. Missus says he has one of the best memories on the planet, and I’m grateful. I usually get chicken-based kibble mixed with table scraps. I love the variety.

3. I’m thankful we go camping so much. I love exploring new places, savoring new smells, and protecting Master’s campsites. This week we were at a campground with a small herd of deer (6 does, 1 buck, 5 fawns) that loped through the grounds as we walked. I so badly wanted to show Master that I could run faster than the deer, but he wouldn’t let me. Campers told us a wild lynx had been on our campsite the night before, so I made sure it stayed away while we were there. I’m very good at protecting Master’s campsite.

Master walks me all around when we camp.
Here I’m checking out Lake Huron.

4. I’m thankful Master teaches me about the Great Creator. He has explained that the Great Creator is the One to whom thanks are due. I hear so many people these days thanking the universe, or the environment, or the ocean, or the woods, or the garden. Seems silly to me. It would be like me thanking my food bowl for my dinner!

I asked Master about people thanking the universe, the environment, etc. He said such thanks is futile! None of those entities is a causative agent; all are created by the Great Creator for the benefit of man. Master said even I was created for the benefit of him and Missus.

Master gave me these Bible verses to think about:
For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools. (Romans 1:21-22)

He said honoring and thanking God is vital. Refusal to do so leads to futile speculations, such as thanking the universe, and leads to foolishness. The word “thanksgiving” is found 30-40 times in the Bible, depending on the version. But the “thanks” is always directed to the Almighty Creator, never to the universe He made.

O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
(1 Chronicles 16:34)

So I give thanks for all my blessings to the Almighty Great Creator who made me and placed me with Master and Missus.

So that’s how things look from the Dog House!

Till next time, this is Kepler signing off. Woof! Woof!

Questions to Ponder

1. Can you formulate a gracious one-sentence response to use when you hear someone giving thanks to the universe?
2. A prominent weight-loss article recently recommended being mindful by giving thanks to your food. What do you think about that?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 26th article in a series of blog posts on a precocious Jack Russell terrier named Kepler. Numbers 1-8 are by Kepler’s master, the BibleScienceGuy. Numbers 9-27 are by Kepler himself.
Read the prequels:
1. Why I Named Our Puppy “Kepler”
2. Kepler’s Kind
3. Kepler’s Lopsided Trade
4. Kepler’s Amazing Nose
5. Kepler’s Business Card
6. Kepler & the Psycho Squirrel
(with video)
7. Taunting Kepler
8. Adam and Puppies

The following posts are by Kepler:
9. Who Taught Kepler?
10. Kepler Gets a Buddy
(with video)
11. Kepler Chases a Squirrel (with video)
12. Kepler’s Complaint
13. Kepler’s To-Do List
14. Kepler and the Football Weekend
15. Kepler’s Favorite Store
16. Kepler at a Truck Stop
17. Kepler & Henry Catch a Squirrel
18. Kepler Finds Killdeer Eggs
19. Kepler Finds Robin Eggs
20. Kepler Lives to Tell the Tale
21. Kepler, Bears, & Raccoons
22. Kepler Mentors Henry
23. Kepler Gets a Bear
24. Kepler Finds Strange Eggs
25. Kepler Finds Duck Eggs

Read the sequel:
27. Kepler’s Newest Enemy

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“contending earnestly for the faith”
“destroying speculations against the knowledge of God”
“for the defense of the gospel”
(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:5; Phil 1:16)
Wednesday November 22, 2017 A.D.

But now ask the beasts, and let them teach you;
And the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you.
Or speak to the earth, and let it teach you;
And let the fish of the sea declare to you.
Who among all these does not know
That the hand of the LORD has done this,
In whose hand is the life of every living thing,
And the breath of all mankind?
(Job 12:7-10)

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