Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Dogs are Smarter than You Think

In recent study, dogs were show to make erratic, "dumb" choices because of the influences of their owners. If the dog's master expressed obvious interest in an object, even if another, normally more appealing choice was offered, the dog would often investigate first the object of his master's interest. Dogs are so tuned into the social cues that others exhibit that they may completely disregard their own interests.

The study showed that the same dogs would pick the object of their own interest regularly when outside influences were not exhibited.

Interesting. So maybe we need to be more like dogs.

As followers of Christ, we should be so tuned into the interests of our Lord that everything else would pale in comparison. Unfortunately, the opposite is the general rule. Paul talks about this in 2 Corinthians 4:4 when he says, "the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God." So "brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things" (Philippians 4:8).

Let us focus on Christ!



Mary said...

What an awesome analogy!

Dogs often amaze me at how loyal and devoted they are to their master, even if the master is abusive or neglectful. Thinking on that, it's interesting to see the comparison when we were slaves to sin...how "devoted" and "loyal" we were to sin's master. Scary. Praise God we've been set free!

Terry Delaney said...

Hey bro,

I just wanted to let say to you (sorta privately) that I loved your comment on Said and I agree whole heartedly with what you said. Actually, that is one of the many reasons I have felt called to State Street even with all that is going on right now. I look forward to finally joining and getting in the trenches with you guys in whatever capacity I can!