What Do You Carry?
Rhodesian Ridgeback mix dog, pit bull mix Annie, Loch Haven Dog Park, Hoover Alabama, Ephesians 2:10, dog devotionals.com
             Two large Pit Bulls ran down the ramp ahead of us eager to pass through the gate joining what I affectionately refer to as the “fray” of dogs varying in size, shape, sound, color and temperament.
            My 33-pound emotional support Pit Bull mix, Annie, and I deferred to the walking track instead.  After about thirty minutes of walking (well, I walk, Annie runs), Annie starts getting bored.  She searches the ground for objects she can carry in her mouth satisfying her inner working dog instinct.  I have to keep an eye on her because she doesn’t always exercise good judgment regarding the objects she chooses to carry.  Sometimes it is the remains of a fish from the stream or a frog skeleton.  Today, it’s a Heinz ketchup packet (thankfully empty).  I instruct her to “leave it” and, to my surprise, she actually does. 
            As we continue around the curve, Annie picks up the remains of a plastic Frisbee.  Smiling happily with her tail in the air, it is obvious that all is right with the world as she carries it for most of the remaining journey.  Granted, Annie’s happy merely walking and running around the track, but she’s fulfilled if she is working – being true to her intended purpose.
            In a world where we struggle to meet our various commitments of work, children and their various activities, while also carving out quality family time and spending time with God, it is helpful to take inventory of whether our activities are aligned with God’s purpose for our lives.
Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Copyright January 21, 2016
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