Are Your Dogs Old? 
Wednesday, January 9, 2008, 08:51 AM - Extra Christy
His voice was a sigh dripping with disappointment. "I had to put down my dog today." He told me that she just couldn't go on, had lost over half her weight battling the cancer that filled her. "I just put down my other dog in July", he admitted.

Then he gave me some advice to avoid some of his pain, "Don't let all your dogs get old, pastor."

He had regretted not investing the time and hassle in a puppy a few years ago, so he would now have a canine friend to accompany him in his grief for his old friends, now gone.

It is easy to continue with the familiar rather than break in something new. Investing in a new friend, a new trip, a new recipe, a new group, or a new hobby seems to be impractical and unnecessary. Yet one of the ways we know something is alive is that in changes, grows, and changes.

If your breathing has more sighs than laughs...get a "new puppy". They are unruly and trouble at the beginning, but the newness can surprise you with the joy that the familiar used to give when it was just a puppy. Don't let all your dogs get old.

New Wine Needs New Containers

And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, he pours new wine into new wineskins.-- Mark 2:22 (NIV)

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