“That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world” Philippians 2:15, KJV.
Horse shows are places full of people and, of course, horses. There are big and small horses, ponies, trailers, trucks, saddles, bridles, show clothes and lots of hay and feed. A surprise that you may not expect is the number of dogs that come along with the horse people. Dogs look kind of like horses, especially the Great Danes and the Great Pyrenees. After all, they are furry; they have four legs, tails and big backs. The bigger dogs actually blend in with the horses; it’s the smaller breeds of dogs that catch my attention.
Smaller dogs have to be on the look-out, on guard. After all, one hoof of a horse could spell disaster for a Pomeranian or a miniature poodle. Being unfriendly and aggressive only irritates the other animals, and humans, around. The best bet for one of these little creatures is to be outgoing, charming and careful. They stand out in the crowd, even though they are tiny, because they make a pleasant space around themselves. These small dogs have an ability to endear others to themselves and find safe passage by following in their master’s footsteps.
Christians need to be like those little dogs at the horse shows. We will stand out because we are different from what others expect. We need to find safe passage through this world by following the footsteps of our Master, Jesus. We need to be careful not to be stepped on, or taken advantage of because of our stand, but we also need to be careful to make the space around us pleasant. We should be friendly and outgoing and draw others into a pleasant place, instead of being aggressive and ornery. We need to stand out and be known for our ability to show kindness and friendliness in a big world full of dark horses.
Thought provoker: Do you make your space pleasant and invite others to follow your Master’s footsteps, or are you busy being aggressive and irritating? Take some time to think about the benefits of being friendly and use that to point others to your Master.
Lord, as Master of my life, please help me to follow in Your footsteps and be a friendly creature who invites others to follow You. Amen.
Hope you have a good, Godly day!