Ever take a puppy on a leash? You’ll be able to relate to puppy lesson number eleven.
Do Not Pull on the Leash!
I have an assignment for you. Don’t worry it is an amusing one. Take a walk in your neighborhood or in a park and watch dog owners walking their dogs. Or should I say, dogs walking their owners. It should provide you with some humorous entertainment. Most owners don’t have a clue how to properly walk their dog. They allow little fido to pull and tug and twist all he or she wants.
The leash was designed to give a dog owner control over their pet instead most dogs use it as a tool to dictate what they want and when they want it.
Now any dog whisperer worth his outrageous fee will tell you that proper training on the leash is so vitally important to the puppy, not just the owner. The reason most owners don’t train properly is because it takes a lot of hard work, patience and tenacity.
As you can see, we have a long way to go with Joey, but he is slowly getting it and our walks are much more pleasant for everyone. I lead. He follows. I set the pace. He stays by my side. That’s the goal.
God has the very same goal with me. He leads. I follow. He sets the pace. I stay by His side. When I do this, my life is full of His blessing and remarkable treasures and I am safe in the center of His will. But, when I pull and tug…when I lag behind or run up ahead my life is disjointed and out of sorts. I am vulnerable and exposed to evil and darkness never meant for me.
Did I mention…Do Not Pull!
“You have a strong arm; Your hand is mighty, Your right hand is exalted. Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; Lovingkindness and truth go before You. How blessed are the people who know the joyful sound! O LORD, they walk in the light of Your countenance” Psalm 89: 13-15