This interpretation will concentrate mainly on the idea of
self-focus but will playfully use the
I looked up some information on the
This is a central nervous system disorder caused by low sugar. It occurs mainly in Toy breeds between six and twelve weeks of age. Often it is precipitated by stress. The first signs are those of listlessness and depression. They are followed by muscular weakness, tremors (especially in the facial muscles) and later convulsions, coma and death. The entire sequence is not always seen. The dog may appear to be depressed or may be weak, wobbly and jerky; or the puppy may be found in a coma (Carlson, Giffin).
Notice the veterinarians believe this disorder is partially do to stress or mental rational, not simply limited to the central nervous system. Notice also the disorder is common among toy breeds or smaller dogs (Ref 1). This fact will be relevant later on. To treat this disorder veterinarians suggest that you change the dog’s diet in order to sustain the glucose levels; they believe this should help the disorder. But even the Veterinarians admit that…
A condition exists in which hypoglycemia is persistent of periodic. It is caused by an enzyme deficiency and is not responsive to treatment (Carlson, Giffin).
What they are saying is that there is a hypoglycemia that exists that cannot be treated. This hypoglycemia (shaking) will be recurring and is due to enzyme deficiency, which basically inhibits the body from efficiently digesting food.
I listed the above references to establish a scientific
groundwork regarding the
This is where the interpretation gets serious. When we as humans focus on self then a lot of things happen that become detrimental to our health. The bible puts it this way:
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. We love him, because he first loved us.
When we have perfect love then we only focus on others. This takes all the attention away from us. When we are not focused on us then by default, we have no fear of what might happen to us. This is the same reason why people are able to become heroes. Like a person running into a burning building to save a life. They are able to do this because, at the time, they are not focused on themselves… they are only focused on the person who is going to die if they don’t act. The opposite of course would be to focus on self. If one is focused only on himself then he will become paralyzed by fear and this fear will result in torment. Self-focus creates fear which shows itself in the torment of anxiety, timidity, apprehension and panic. Below is the progression of how self-focus will cripple us.
We focus on self --> We’re now rooted in fear --> We exist in fears torment
I have explained the gleanings of this verse so I
could first apply it to humans and then in relation to the
I am going to go a step deeper and explain how when
one is fearful, that same person (or dog) will grab hold of anger or pride just
to regain control. When we focus on self
we will become fearful. This fear will
then lead to vulnerability. Once we are
vulnerable in our minds we become irritable and this leads to insecurity. We as humans do not like to be insecure. For this reason, our first primal instinct
(flight or fight) will be to rise up in anger or pride so that within these
emotions we can regain the control we have lost through fear (Job 41:15). That is why I stated earlier that
What not to do
Self focus --> Fear --> Torment --> Vulnerability --> Insecurity --> Anger and Pride
What to do
Focus on others --> Perfect Love --> Casts out Fear (1 John 4:18-19)
This interpretation is basic and simple to understand. The fact is if a human were not to focus on self, then not even a lion would intimidate him. We are afraid because we focus on self. Self focus creates fear. I want to add that God has not called us to try and vainly overcome fears natural response. Fear is exactly that, natural… so is becoming angry and frustrated. God does not want us perfect in these areas because He does not expect us to stand up to lions. God just wants us discerning regarding this wisdom so we can apply it daily to our lives. For instance, areas in our lives where our extreme self focus eventually causes us to error and sin against our fellow man. God offers us discernment to combat these areas with knowledge and wisdom, and to combat them faithfully (Hosea 4:6).
1. Carlson, G. Delbert D.V.M. and Giffin, M. James M.D. KountryTymes
2. Motto, Tazzy. “TAZ CHI.” Chihuahua Magazine –photographs- June 19, 2004.
June 20, 2004. http://www.tazchi.com/