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Topic: Cat and Dog (09/04/14)
TITLE: Feed The Kids First
By LaVonne Wood
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I have had the privilege of reaching out to many poor people. I am involved with distribution of food at our local food pantry. Although we help reduce the grocery bill for these people, there is no way we can provide all the food they need for their families. I know some of these families are really struggling to make ends meet. They cannot pay their bills, they cannot afford fuel to heat their homes, and they cannot afford the gas in their vehicles to get to work. Yet these same families have one or more cats or dogs.
I say dump the pets and feed the kids. Find a good home where you can go visit them or something. When taking care of an animal takes a big percent of the household income, and there is not enough left to properly feed and clothe the children, we need to examine our priorities.
I grew up on a farm and we had a dog and a bunch of cats. Many of the cats would hunt mice, birds, and gofers to feed themselves. We just provided plenty of milk from the cows and scraps from the table. In the cities, it is not that easy to care for animals. You need to buy most or all of their food. You need to pay for shots at the vet and get them spaded or neutered. Then there are licenses to purchase, flea collars, chains or leases, not to mention all the cat litter, cages, toys, and chew bones to purchase.
Can a person really justify spending all that money on an animal when the kids go hungry? I wonder what the Lord thinks. Never once in the Bible did I hear Him say to save the animals. Yet He said he who gives even a cup of water to a little child shall be rewarded Matt. 10:42.
I know this might sound harsh. I don’t mean to hurt anyone who enjoys the love of a pet. I believe God gives us pets to enjoy, just as he gives us cars, computers, toys, plants and anything else for our enjoyment. Yet, just as we may have to wait to enjoy a computer or toy, we may have to wait until we have enough income to care for a pet, beyond what we need to feed our families.
One other thing to consider; are we expecting our pets to give us love that only God can give? As I mentioned earlier, people hang onto their pets believing they give them more love than they can find anywhere else. A pet cannot be a substitute for the love of God or other people.
The ideal is to give our lives to God, get our fulfillment in love from Him, then pass that love on to the other people in our lives. Then we can have a pet to enhance our enjoyment hear on earth, asking God to provide the needed funds to care for this animal.
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