Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | November 7, 2018

Kepler Wants to Be Good

(2 Minute Read)

Master’s Coffee Mug
It features me, Kepler.

Master’s Coffee Mug
It reminds me to be good.

Woof! Woof!
This is Kepler, Master’s Jack Russell terrier, writing another article for Master’s Bible-Science Guy Blog.

I try to be good, but I have some confessions to make. There are many situations where my good intentions fail to materialize. I get tired of waiting for Master and Missus, or I smell something terribly enticing, or my life-motto “What’s Next?” takes over.

Here are some examples:
1. I try to escape whenever a door opens. I know this is wrong — I’m supposed to sit at the door and wait till Master or Missus says I can go out, but I can’t help myself when I smell outside air.
2. I can’t stay out of the trash. Tissues and napkins that have been used are the best.
3. Sometimes I bark and bark and refuse to obey Master’s Quiet and No Bark commands. I like to stay right by Master or Missus. If they tether me outside the house or camper, I have to bark.

Master tells me that humans have the same problem of wanting to be good, yet failing to follow through. He said one of his favorite writers, Paul the Apostle, described the problem 2,000 years ago:
For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate. But if I do the very thing I do not want to do, I agree with the Law, confessing that the Law is good. So now, no longer am I the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not. For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want.” (Romans 7:15-19)

I asked Master why he and I both have this tendency to disobey. He said it all started with Father Adam who disobeyed the Great Creator‘s command to not eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil in the Garden of Eden some 6,000 years ago (Genesis 2:16-17).

All of creation was corrupted by Adam’s sin. In particular, all Adam’s offspring inherited his sin nature and the bent to do wrong.

Kepler
On Chipmunk Surveillance Duty

I asked Master if there was any way to escape the curse of doing wrong.

He said that’s the whole point of the Eternal Gospel as explained by the Apostle Paul:
For I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man, but I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! . . . Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.” (Romans 7:22-25; 8:1-4)

The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ sets His disciples free. Eventually all of creation will be redeemed and restored. (Romans 8:18-23)

I can hardly wait!

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

Questions to Ponder

1. What practical strategies do you find effective in resisting the urge to do wrong?
2. What absorbing activity can you keep at the ready so that boredom does not lead you to poor choices?

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

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 33rd 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 9-33 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
26. Kepler Gives Thanks
27. Kepler’s Newest Enemy
28. Kepler Loves Bulldogs
29. Kepler Ponders Snow
30. Kepler Wants to Move to Australia
31. Kepler’s Dating Profile
32. Kepler Meets Skunk

Read the sequel:
34. Kepler On Guard

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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 7, 2018 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)


Responses

  1. A Clifism I recently wrote reads,
    “On the the edge of boredom is imagination; fertile ground for creativity.”
    In this age of nearly constant stimulation, it has become neglected, often not known by the young. Time will tell its impact.

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    • That’s a very insightful thought, Mr. Clif. Thanks for sharing it. Master says that must be why I can write blogs for him.
      Woof, Woof – Kepler.

      Like


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