“Friends come and friends go, but a true friend sticks by you like family.”
(Proverbs 18:24 Message Bible)
Many families have had dogs for pets at one time or another. The type of dog that families have varies from big dogs to little dogs, skinny dogs to fat dogs, mean dogs to sweet and cuddly dogs.
Sometimes a person’s dog even seems to take on the special “look” of its owner.
Some owners have developed such an affinity with their dogs that they treat them as family members, feed them from their plates, sleep with them in their beds and buy them special clothes and toys.
Dogs have been called “man’s best friend” in some areas and have become the envy of many who admire the “dog’s life.”
One of my favorite past times is spending time with our family pet, Kelly. Kelly is a 15 year old female chow who has been with our family since my 21 year old son’s childhood. Even in her old age, Kelly never ceases to amaze me.
We could probably learn a few things from dogs.
Whenever a loved one comes home a dog always runs out to greet him, while we often watch from the window. A dog will let you know when you have invaded his territory; we often mumble and complain after the person leaves. A dog eats with enthusiasm, but when he has had enough he stops eating; we often keep eating, even if we are full. A dog notices when its owner is having a bad day.
It sits close by, keeps silent and sometimes nuzzles its owner for comfort.
Sometimes we can make our partner’s bad day even worse.
A dog will avoid biting, if a simple growl will get the point across. People often bite at each other before they growl. A dog that is looking for a bone will dig until he finds it. People looking for what they want often give up before they achieve their dreams. A dog knows how to come home, no matter how far he is a way; he finds his way. Too often some of us forget where we live. A dog finds joy in the simplest things and wags his tail. We complain so much that our tails are always tucked in fear or out of ingratitude.
There’s a lot we can learn from dogs, but as Christians we’ve learned one thing about dogs is not true ….
Man’s best friend is not his dog, but the Lord. That’s why the songwriter wrote, “What a friend we have in Jesus.” He is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. Today, remember that your best friend is Jesus. He won't let you down.
There’s not a friend like the lowly Jesus—No not one! No, not one!
None else could heal all our soul’s diseases—No, not one! No, not one! Jesus knows all about our struggles, He will guide till the day is done; There’s not a friend like the lowly Jesus—No not one! No, not one!
Pastor Campbell can reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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