The Things We Do for Love

Two years ago we bought a yellow Labrador retriever puppy named Daisy. She had big brown eyes, soft floppy ears, and a little waggy tail, and we fell hopelessly in love with her. Because we loved her, we got her a crate to sleep in (which she gnawed on), her own little bed (which she shredded), and a squeaky rubber chicken (which she ate). Our house was littered with chew toys, balls, and rawhide treats in various states of destruction.

That summer the pet store sold wading pools for dogs. I told my husband that was the silliest thing I’d ever seen. So he bought one. She was a lab, he said, and she should get used to the water.

Uh huh.

Well, Daisy loved it! All summer, she splashed and frolicked and snapped at the water. In the fall, she chewed the pool to pieces.

Love can make you do crazy things. In the case of King Solomon of Israel, love led him to do far crazier things than buying wading pools for puppies. His love of power led him to take foreign wives in defiance of God’s law. His love of pleasure led him to take 700 wives and 300 concubines, far more than God allowed for a king. His love for these women led him to build altars to their false gods. Before long, Solomon worshipped those false gods.

The wisest man to ever live turned from the Lord, the only source of wisdom, and made foolish choices.

How can we avoid foolish choices? The way God told us to—seeking His wisdom. In Solomon’s own words, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6).

If only I could find a verse about puppies…

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