Lessons learned from a dog

 I’m totally stealing this from our friend Coy. 

Coy’s best friend (besides his wife Cindi) is a lil gray dog named Future.

I always wanted a dog like Future. Coy often spoke of how he learned how to love God more through this dog, and I always told him he should write a book entitled “Lessons Learned from a Dog” (stay tuned- I swear he will write this book someday).

Since adopting our lil mutt about a year ago… My heart has been tuned into Holy Spirit in a new way.

See, dogs never complain. They’ll drink toilet water, garden hose water, puddle water, or Figi water, and act the same.

Dogs are enthusiastic and “happy to be alive”!!

Dogs obey.

Dogs listen intently before making a sound (or judgement). 

Dogs love unconditionally.

Dogs seem to be content- whether they live in Kim Kardashian’s mansion or with a homeless person.

Dogs are loyal. They seems to sit and wait for their master in the same place every day- to be there for them when they get home from work.

Dogs are empathetic. Over the course of th short year we’ve had Rex, I can already remember 2-3 times I was either too sick- or struggling with a really bad stressor to make time for him. I’ll never forget, he picked up on it. Instead of begging to play or to be walked, he simply laid his head on my lap, and seemed to hurt alongside me.

Dogs always hope, endure and trust. Many times I hear of dogs being left by the side of the road who do not survive… Not because they don’t know how to survive out on their own, but because they are too preoccupied looking, hoping, and waiting for their master to return for them.

In the Bible, God says in Luke 11:13, “If you then though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

I think of how this passage of scripture outlines the perfect love of our God.. And yet how we don’t seem to trust HIM. I don’t seem to trust him. 

Like a precious little dog… Every day should be a joyful, hopeful new day that I can get excited about. A time in know I can linger contentedly in my perfect Heavenly Father’s embrace… Knowing that He is taking care of me.

I look into my dogs eyes.. And I learn. God made the earth and all that is in it (Colossians 1:16). If I slow down long enough to notice, I’ll see learning opportunities and moments of worship all around me.

I guess what I’m saying is if I acted more like my dog and less like me, my relationships with God and others would improve! I see so many attributes of Jesus portrayed in his creation, like dogs for example. 

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