What My Dog Taught Me About Life

Dec 25, 2016

I have a very large red Doberman.  She is always happy to see me.  She will often sit and wait for me to pet her.  Looking at her face while petting her, my dog taught me something about life.

What My Dog Taught Me About Life

Sometimes we get so busy and make our lives so complicated that we forget to look at the simple lessons God teaches us.  Even in the face of a dog.

So here’s what my dog taught me about life.

 

1. Let go of the past. 

 

When I am at home, I might not pet my dog for hours.  When I travel to work with clients, I will go days without petting my dog.  And yet she doesn’t hold that against me.  My dog lets go of the past.

I realize my dog has no sense of our measurement of time.  She doesn’t understand the difference between minutes or hours or days.  But we have no sense of God’s measurement of time.

We get disappointed that our story didn’t play out like we wrote it.  We think that God didn’t show up the way we thought He should have.  But we can’t let that control us.  We have to let go of the past.  And trust that God is still writing our story.

We have to let go of the past. And trust that God is still writing our story.
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2. Don’t worry about the future.

 

My dog doesn’t fret that I might not pet her.  She doesn’t get concerned that I will go away on a business trip and not pet her for a few days.  That’s because my dog doesn’t worry about the future.

I know my dog has no concept of the future.  And it doesn’t bother her.  But we allow what we don’t know to bother us.  Because we can’t see what God sees.

We get worked up because we don’t understand how the future will play out.  We think that God might not have our story turn out the way we want it.  But God is the Author of our story, not us.  He will make it turn out the way He planned.

 

3. Live in the moment. 

 

My dog doesn’t hold a grudge against me when I don’t pet her.  She doesn’t get worked up about whether or not I will pet her.  Instead, she is happy when I am petting her.  She lives in the moment.

My dog doesn’t get concerned about the past.  She doesn’t worry about what will happen in the future.  My dog lives in the present.

We cannot change the past.  We cannot control the future.  But we can focus on the present.

We cannot change the past. We cannot control the future. But we can focus on the present.
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I will make the most of the present.  By learning from my past.  And preparing for my future.  By remembering what my dog taught me about life.

 

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