In addition to being physically strong, elephants are emotional and social creatures that form deep family bonds. They are also extremely intelligent with an ability to remember. Their memories serve to protect their herd from dehydration and starvation by remembering places to find food and water in the wild. Zoo keepers have also noticed that elephants seem to remember individual people as well as other elephants.
“I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.” Isaiah 43:25
An elephant’s wonderful memory led someone to coin the familiar phrase; “An elephant never forgets.” Have you ever wondered what this world would be like if we could forgive others and forget what was done? I can forgive other people but I have trouble with the forgetting part. Any time the person does a similar act that requires my forgiveness a second or third time, I struggle with letting their wrong go. I’m not able to forgive like God can. I’m more apt to be like the elephant. Only with God’s help am I able to forgive and forgive and forgive again and not hold an account of wrongs.
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Welcome to my 31 Days Writing Challenge 2015! This year my topic is 31 Days of Wisdom From The Animals. I hope you’ll come back to visit over and over again. I’d love for you to follow me on the blog or any of my other social media sites. Thanks!
Wisdom From The Animals: Day 1
Isn’t it amazing how a haircut can change your perspective or even change your day? We adopted a pound puppy a little over a year ago. They told us that she was a retriever mix, and yes, she does have some retriever characteristics, but as the months went by her fur kept growing and growing. Delta began to have problems seeing and had to peer out from under her bangs. We tried to help the girl out with cute little bows and ponytails but she just ate them.
I think I’ve tried doing the same thing. Sometimes I let things slide and allow them to affect the way I view the world. These words, behaviors, beliefs, or actions seem small at first but if I don’t pay attention, they often pile up and cause me to see things skewed and through a haze. I’ve even tried to fancy up situations where I don’t have the right view or perspective with cute bows but they’re only bandaids. Paul writes;
“Be very careful, then, how you live -not as unwise but as wise,.” Ephesians 5:15
When I realize that stuff has piled up in my life, I know that the best thing for me to do is get a haircut and clear up my sight. I need to clean house and rid myself of words, behaviors, beliefs, or actions that are not in God’s best interest or mine. Our pound puppy Delta can attest to the importance of a good haircut because once she was blind but now she can see.