Did you know that today is ‘Take Your Dog to Work Day?’
I don’t know about you, but I don’t have the kind of dog one could (or should) take to work.
Our dog, which we adopted a little over a year ago from a rescue shelter, is a seventy-five pound German Shepherd who thinks she’s a Chihuahua (based on her current habit of trying to climb in my lap every time I sit down).
Not only does she have an identity crisis, but she doesn’t play well with others. She jumps on people and nibbles their fingers. She barks at other dogs. She goes absolutely ballistic around horses. Yeah, thinking that taking her to a workplace would NOT be such a good idea.
But I have to brag on her a little bit. She’s so much better than she used to be about accepting our authority. It has been a long, hard struggle to convince her that she’s not the boss, but she’s finally submitting to our requests. She now sits patiently at the door while we put her leash on. We can let her run loose on our property on walks without wondering if she’ll come when we call or worrying if she’ll head to the road to chase cars. And she’s getting better about not jumping and nibbling.
As I make the correlation from our dog to my relationship with our heavenly Father, I must confess that I struggle with authority sometimes myself. Sometimes I don’t play well with others. And I often try to go my own way rather than following God the way I need to.
It’s taken a while, but I’d like to think that I’m making improvements in submitting to God’s authority over my life. You know, I don’t really even want to be the boss anymore. My past attempts to take control have only brought heartache and disappointment. Even though I don’t always like it, I’m learning to wait for God rather than barging ahead. I yearn to follow only His voice, in spite of the voices around me yammering for my attention.
Hopefully, I’m even getting better about not jumping and nibbling. (By the way, my Father loves it when I crawl in His lap, no matter how much I weigh, and He’s always willing for me to join Him in His work.)
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Cathy Bryant writes Christian fiction set in the heart of Texas. Her popular romance and romantic suspense novels take place in the fictional town of Miller’s Creek, where folks are friendly, the iced tea is sweet, and Mama Beth’s front porch beckons. Her debut novel, TEXAS ROADS, was a 2009 ACFW Genesis finalist and has been on the Amazon Best-Seller list. Since then four other stand-alone novels have been added to the series, one of which was a 2013 Grace Award nominee (PILGRIMAGE OF PROMISE). Readers have compared her work to that of Karen Kingsbury and Nicholas Sparks.
A native Texan, Cathy currently resides in the beautiful Sangre de Cristo mountains of northern New Mexico with her minister husband of over thirty years. She’s written devotions for The Upper Room devotional magazine, two devotional books, and for online sites. She also recently released her first Bible study booklet, THE FRAGRANCE OF CRUSHED VIOLETS. In addition to her writing, she enjoys thrift store shopping and romping in the great outdoors. To learn more about Cathy and her books, visit her website at http://www.CatBryant.com.