Monday, February 29, 2016

The Proper Way to Walk

“Once the commitment is clear, you do what you can, not what you can’t.” –2 Corinthians 8:12 (The Message)
Opinions vary about the “proper” way to walk a dog. Some people firmly believe that a dog should always walk in heel position (right at the human’s side). Some even argue that the human should walk slightly in front of the dog to demonstrate that s/he is the leader. Allowing a dog some freedom is called loose-leashing walking. (This isn’t the same as letting your dog drag you down the street.) Loose-leashing walking is most common among the dog-walkers I see. Dog trainers here advocate loose-leash walking, but our trainer said to us, “Teaching your dog loose-leash walking is extremely frustrating. If you’ve found something that works for you, just stick with that.” By the time we’d progressed to loose-leash training, we had already found some strategies for walking Lexi, like playing the game “Find It” (see my blog post on September 14, 2015). We incorporated some strategies the trainer suggested, too, such as simply standing still when Lexi tried to pull. Lexi will never be filmed for a loose-leash walking demonstration video, but we’ve found a way to walk together. As with dog walking, opinions vary about the “proper” way to walk in faith. People have made all sorts of rules about it. But most of us are just trying to do the best we can on a difficult journey. We find the things that work for us. Very few of us are saints, but we’ve found a way to walk with God.

Dear God, Thank you for helping me find ways to walk with you. Amen

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