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Dung Happens! By Debra Joy Wallace

And it certainly happened last week when I unknowingly stepped in dog dung. Here’s the story:

Had I known the bottom and sides of my right shoe was covered with dog dung I would have cleaned it off before going inside my house. But I didn’t know and that’s how the floor in the utility room, den, and hallway got smeared with dog dung as I walked hurriedly inside the house and to the bathroom to relieve my distended bladder. Seated on the toilet I looked down at my feet to see if my ankles were swollen and that’s when I saw my right shoe was slathered with dog dung. Talk about gagging and retching! Put it this way … without the Pine sol and Lysol cleaning products that helped mask the dog dung’s disgusting odor … I’d never been able to stomach the clean-up.

As if last week’s experience with dung wasn’t enough … a day or two ago I took Allie (our pug) for a walk in the large field behind my house. As we neared the fenced-in part of the field where the cows and horses roam freely about … I began having to dodge patties of cow dung that littered our usually clear path. (The dung patties were evidence that once again some of the calves had gotten out of the fenced-in part of the field.) In the midst of dodging the dung patties I began thinking about what Apostle Paul had to say about dung ….

“The very credentials these people are waving around as something special, I’m tearing up and throwing out with the trash—along with everything else I used to take credit for. And why? Because of Christ. Yes, all the things I once thought were so important are gone from my life. Compared to the high privilege of knowing Christ Jesus as my Master, firsthand, everything I once thought I had going for me is insignificant—dog dung. I’ve dumped it all in the trash so that I could embrace Christ and be embraced by him. I didn’t want some petty, inferior brand of righteousness that comes from keeping a list of rules when I could get the robust kind that comes from trusting Christ—God’s righteousness.”—Philippians 3:7-9 (Message)

The simple point to this story is that nothing in life is more important than having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Life without Jesus Christ is dung. For your sake, don’t waste your life.

Debra Joy Wallace is a Christian columnist and speaker. Facebook page: Weight Loss Empowerment with Debra Joy – Contact: Email:

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