Life Has Gone to the Dogs


My daughter has been living back at home for about a year now and brought a dog with her. I’m okay with this because I have a couple of dogs myself. Her dog is a little more “high strung,” than mine but we’re figuring each other out (she’s figuring out I don’t give in like her mother). I have observed something on mornings when I go to let the dog, Franni, out from my daughter’s bedroom. Franni LOVES mornings! I mean this dog throws back the covers, jumps off the bed and is ready for the dawn of a new, exciting, fun-filled day!

The other morning as I watched Franni’s joyful self, I said, “What if we woke up with this kind of zeal for life?”

What if Christians awoke to the new day our Father has placed before us with that much excitement? Granted I know she’s a dog, and if I believed in reincarnation, coming back as one of the dogs in my house wouldn’t be too shabby. They have it pretty good; food is provided daily, they have toys, love and attention and I even let them sleep on the bed (don’t judge me). Yet, God does those very things for me every day as well. I’ve never known true hunger the way some in the world have, I’ve always had some kind of home, and I have been loved well.

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! – 1 John 3:1

Oh how well He loves, so much so that He desires for us to spend all eternity with Him. There is nothing that we need that He doesn’t provide. Creation knows this, and we can learn from it.

“Therefore, do not worry, saying what shall we eat? Or what shall we drink? Or what shall we wear?…For your Father knows that you need all these things.” – Matthew 6:31-32

Did you get that? Your Father knows exactly what you need!!! Woohoo!

Now, when I wake up Franni, I smile and ask the Lord to please let me be as excited to face this new day as this 7 lb. dog is, because I know the Lord already walks before me in this day. He is providing, protecting and lavishly loving you and I in a way that should make us want to let everybody know about this wonderful God we serve.