Taking Out the Garbage

Murphy is our black and white Cocker Spaniel. To say he has issues would be an understatement, but he probably thinks the same thing about us.


Anyway, we love him and he loves us….but he loves something else more (and it’s not writing thank you notes) it’s food.

Murphy is ruled by his stomach. He will sit with his paw on your foot and stare at you while you are eating. He doesn’t have to talk. His puppy dog eyes say it all.

“Please give me a crumb, please, please, please?”

Because he is a slave to his appetite I can not trust him. If I leave food on the table he will wait until I’m out of the room but then he jumps up and searches for left overs. Because of his habits I know better than to leave the garbage where he can get into it but occasionally it happens.

Yesterday I heard a funny rustling noise behind me and sure enough when I turned around he was all the way in the garbage bag rooting around for whatever smell was tempting him. I chased him out, picked up the garbage and took it outside like I should have done earlier.

People like garbage too

I don’t go around sticking my head in a garbage bag but I suspect I’m like a lot of other folks, from time to time I am attracted to trash.

Not the kind of garbage Murphy likes, but it’s garbage just the same. Ever watch a show on television that embarrasses you? One that you wouldn’t want your grandmother to watch with you?  Yuck, garbage.

Ever been in the check out line at the grocery and found yourself picking up a tabloid and reading about famous people doing things they shouldn’t.  Stinks doesn’t it?

What about going to a movie where there is cursing, nudity and violence? Do you come away feeling slimy?

A solution for pollution of the mind

Philippians 4:8

King James Version (KJV)

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

The Bible has a great plan for garbage control. It’s called self control.

Have a great week and think about things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely and of good report. Let the Devil take the garbage out!



  1. OMG! I loved this post! It really is so true. It’s the reason why I can barely watch TV. Most TV now consists of reality TV shows and I hear so many people say how into them they are. I just can’t. Apostle Paul says that we should not be concerned about the affairs of others and mind our business. It’s all a scapegoat to get us into gossiping. I know the Lord hates gossip. When I talk to people about this, even people who say they are Christians, I am looked at like I’m trying to be holier than though when really, I’m just trying to do exactly what you are talking about in this post! Thank you so much for sharing with us on Mommy Monday! xoxo

  2. Rachel 30 Sep, 2013

    Great post!

  3. I don’t mind the occasional swear word in a movie, but doesn’t it seem like they have gotten out of control? And the nudity?!?

    Thanks for linking up with MBH this week. We hope your join the Halloween Ca$h Giveaway with Dawn’s Disaster and Nugget on a Budget!

  4. Charlene Johnson-Boyd 17 Jul, 2016

    Wow! I’m new here and I am so glad I found you. This is truly a beautiful post. On this day 07/17/16, there is yet another deadly incident. This follows so much of the same during the last 2 weeks. We need this scripture and I am also reminded of 2Chronicles 7:14 “If my people who are called by My name, would humble themselves, and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”