Sunday, September 13, 2015

On Not Giving Up



“Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness…” –Psalm 86:11a

Our dog Lexi is a female Rottweiler/Australian Cattle Dog mix. She weighs about fifty-five pounds. We adopted her from the Humane Society when she was eleven months old. Although my husband and I both grew up with a dog, neither of us had ever trained a dog before—and this dog we brought home needed a lot of training. She was still young (a teenager, really), she was high-energy, and she hadn’t been socialized as a puppy. She chased cats and young children (we have two of each), she jumped, she growled at our feet, she chewed on her leash. We couldn’t even take her for a walk. So we took hours and hours of dog training classes at the Humane Society; we even had a trainer come to our house to work with us on behaviors at home. Although I threatened every day for months to give her up, I didn’t. And eventually things improved. I still get frustrated with her now and then, and sometimes she disappoints me. All those hours and hours of church and Bible study, and I’m sure I disappoint God sometimes, too. Fortunately, he never threatens to give us up, and he never gives up on us.

Dear God, Thank you for never giving up on me. Amen

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