dogs, finding balance, and wisdom

God will prepare everything for our perfect happiness in heaven, and if it takes my dog being there, I believe he’ll be there. ~ Billy Graham

1508099_10152587231092519_2043821181_nWhen my wife and I were engaged to be married, Kenny Chesney’s You Had Me From Hello, on his  1999 album,  Everywhere We Go, was one of the songs we selected for the wedding. It summed up our feelings for one another that began that one evening a few years earlier, when I was invited to a Sunday service.  I devoted my life to Jesus Christ after a couple months of study, was baptized, and twenty one years later,  I am still faithful. Into our marriage, she brought three preteen boys;  I brought two dogs.  Raising teens were three of many reasons I needed to Jesus to be my peace.  I had dogs to help me balance out the remainder.

If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons. ~ James Thurber

20180623_143954Whether there are dogs in Heaven,  I act (imperfectly) upon my commitment to Jesus Christ, and as a caretaker and steward of God’s creatures in my care.  I believe that a dog, whose nature is to be part of a pack, will reflect that of the pack leader.  If a dog’s household has humans who act, in private, radically different than they do in public, the dog’s nature can be a bellwether.   I knew a household once upon a time full of anxiety, mistrust, co-dependence, and manipulation  (narcissistic behavior).  Those neighbors had two pet dogs,  breeds that were not prone to disease, yet both died of cancer within a few years.  By contrast, in a home that has an overtly warm and welcoming feel, the members of the household are even-tempered.   And if they then are mindful caretakers of their animals,   these are generally not aggressive, distrusting, and skittish around others.

The dog is the most faithful of animals and would be much esteemed were it not so common. Our Lord God has made His greatest gifts the commonest. ~ Martin Luther

In scripture,  there is a passage – in Numbers 22 – where a prophet’s donkey recognizes an angel of God sent to oppose him.  The prophet does not see him.  In this brief image,  Balaam is angered that his faithful donkey is opposing him and beats it.  But God prompts the donkey to speak to Balaam, and only then, reveals God’s angel to be blocking the path forward.  Whether donkeys or dogs,  even those who are unfamiliar with religion, may know, from popular culture, a dog is way more sensitive to the supernatural than Man.  Perhaps this is so for all creation was complete before Man drew a first breath.   While Man is always struggling to find something: peace, financial comfort, companionship, respect, power, or love, he or she might consider how dogs relate to those things.

But we are much more than dogs.  Dogs do not understand about the unseen benefits of leading self-controlled, upright and godly lives.   However, if they are part of a household where their pack lead strives to live righteously and harmoniously with others,  then perhaps dogs will be there to greet them when they get to Heaven.

If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went. ~ Will Rogers

all quotes from https://www.dogtipper.com 

Guest Bloggers Wanted!

In the tried and true SHAMELESS BEGGING fashion as mentored by EVERYONE HAS THE BEST TITLES ,   I am asking for submissions to be a guest on my blog!

  • dog stories
  • funny stories
  • unbelievable images
  • funny videos
  • observations as a dog-person

Add a few details about you,  how you got started and what your blog is about.

Disclaimer: I will post it exactly as written

I only ask:

  1.  no politics, even if your local or federal representative is a mangy cur – we don’t disparage our canine friends that way!
  2.  as I am a “recovering Sailor”, please,  no cussing.
  3.  nothing your mama would scold you for saying.

Send me a link to your post at notdonner9@gmail.com

I will publish future Guest Posts on Thursdays.

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