Posts Tagged ‘pets’

Enthusiasm

October 4, 2010

We have a dog, actually, it is my son’s dog.   It is about one year old, a mixture of Black Lab,  German Shepard, and Siberian Huskie.  Her name is Jasmine.  Jasmine came to live with us a few months ago.  She is still very much an overgrown puppy.  She lives outdoors in a ten by ten kennel with an attached doghouse.  She is allowed to come inside for visits, which she enjoys, but it is clear that the highlight of her day is when she goes for a walk.  She is not very well-trained.  Actually, I think that when she has the leash put on her, she thinks that is a dog sled trace and her duty is to pull the sled along.  It not an exercise for the frail or faint of heart.

The point of all this is that I am amazed at her enthusiasm for those walks.  She bounces around, trying to take in every sight and smell, while still going as fast as I will allow her to go.  She is obviously enjoying the experience with every fiber of her being.

I admire her enthusiasm.

I wish that I had the ability to enjoy the simple things of life half as much as that dumb dog.  Maybe she’s not so dumb after all.  Maybe I could learn something from her about enthusiasm and enjoying life.

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Judgement Day

January 8, 2009

Daisy is a lovable, playful Basset hound; with a bladder control problem.

Daisy is currently residing at a nearby Humane Society hoping for a new home.  I hope that she is adopted by someone who will take good care of her, despite her little issue with wetting.

In the beginning I told people that God was using Daisy to teach me grace and mercy.  I knew that she came from a difficult beginning, and that she would need some time to come around.  

Four months later, her time at our house has run out.  It is difficult for me because I really liked this dog, actually, more than any other dog I have ever owned.   I am not willing however, to put up with dog urine on a long term basis.

“A man being often reproved, who hardens his neck, shall suddenly be cut off, and that without remedy.”  Prov 29:1

In the same way that Daisy helped me appreciate grace and mercy, she also is illustrative of judgement.  God loves us and calls us to repentance.   For those who repent and believe in the gospel there is forgiveness and everlasting life.   For those who do not repent and believe there will come one day,  a day of judgement.

Daisy’s judgment was to leave our home.  I sincerely hope, and even pray that she will find happiness in a new home.

For humans, when the day of judgement is at hand, there will be no hope left for those who have rejected the mercy and grace of God offered in Christ Jesus.