I’m telling you! God’s been showing off the past week! Y’all might think I’m crazy when I tell y’all what’s impressed me so much, and I guess it is kind of cheesy. However, this just reminded me of just how smart our God really is!
Y’all know (since I’ve rambled on about her) that Tucker got a new puppy, Sadie. If an adorable pup isn’t enough to show off how brilliant God is, you should see my dog, Maudie, play with, and take care of Sadie! If it’s not just the most precious thing, I don’t know what is! I just wish that God would’ve created puppies to be born knowing not to take a poo in the house! That would REALLY be adorable!
I was afraid that my dogs wouldn’t like it when I brought home the new puppy, and Flossie really doesn’t. Flossie’s a crotchety old thing. She growls if Sadie gets near her, or looks at her, or plays with Maudie. Let’s just say that Flossie pretty much growls at anything Sadie does. Maudie, on the other hand, adores her!
Maudie weighs close to 70 pounds, and Sadie might weigh 6 pounds, I don’t know. I can’t tell how much anything weighs. In MY mind I still weigh 120 :-)! But anyway, Maudie’s way bigger than Sadie. Maudie is so careful with her! She plays with her, and cleans her. When they play, Maudie will let Sadie gnaw on her and crawl all over her. Maudie will bite Sadie, but she’s careful not to bite her too hard, she just barely puts her teeth on her. Yesterday, Maudie got Sadie’s rope toy and played tug-of-war with her! When they were outside Maudie laid on her back with a stick in her mouth, and let Sadie chew on it.br />
See? How dang adorable that that?! You can barely see the stick but still!
Something else that blows me away is that, if Sadie bites too hard, Maudie will let her know by barking at her a certain way. She never scares Sadie or hurts her, but she’s clear, and direct, and Sadie knows that Maudie still loves her, but that she’d better stop.
God created animals to be that smart! If a dog knows to handle a puppy carefully, then shouldn’t we, who are [somewhat] spiritually mature know that we should treat new Christians, or people younger in the faith, carefully? Shouldn’t we help clean them if they mess up? If we see them chewing on something they shouldn’t, isn’t it our job to pick up their toy, and play tug-of-war with them? Maybe we shouldn’t let them gnaw on us, but we should definitely try to be a lot more like Maudie, and a lot less like Flossie! People don’t need us growling at them, and pointing out all they’re doing wrong. They know that stuff! What they need is for us to nurture them, invite them into our circles, give them support and accountability, and when they’re out of line, we’re to let them know in a way that they know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that we love them. We’re to me a Maudie in a Flossie kind of world!
Here’s my concern: that you care for God’s flock with all the diligence of a shepherd. Not because you have to, but because you want to please God. Not calculating what you can get out of it, but acting spontaneously. Not bossily telling others what to do, but tenderly showing them the way.
When God, who is the best shepherd of all, comes out in the open with his rule, he’ll see that you’ve done it right and commend you lavishly. And you who are younger must follow your leaders. But all of you, leaders and followers alike, are to be down to earth with each other, for— God has had it with the proud, but takes delight in just plain people. 1 Peter 5:1-5