A New Puppy!
By Christy Lowman
We have almost made it completely through all of the armor of God. There are only a few more to discuss. I thought we would take a break and talk about something else this month. My family and I have been super busy lately. Can you guess why?
We got a new puppy! It took a lot of persuading but I am so glad I said “yes!” At times she can be a handful, but she is a very good girl. Sometimes the puppy acts more human than dog! Her name is Ruby and she is a Rottweiler. She is 8 months old and already 80 lbs. so she is a BIG girl! She listens to commands and loves being around us. Ruby loves pepperoni, and peanut butter cookies. She also loves baths and rooting and digging holes in the dirt. One thing she doesn’t like is the leash. Ruby is terrified of the leash! She is afraid it is going to attack her! Silly, huh?
Unfortunately, Rottweilers have gained a bad reputation. So, I thought I would tell you some cool facts about them.
Rottweilers are a breed dating back to ancient Rome. The Roman army would use them to herd their cattle. While the army slept they proved to be excellent guards. Their name Rottweiler Metzgerhunds means “butcher’s dog.” In medieval times butchers would travel to towns with a cart full of meat to sell. The cart was pulled by a Rottweiler because of their size. The butcher would also stow his money in pouches around the dog’s neck to keep thieves from stealing it! After the railroad came into play, these dogs were not needed anymore and almost became extinct. In both World Wars these dogs were used as police dogs and gained back their popularity. They had several jobs including search and rescue, messenger, draught, ambulance, therapy and guard dogs. Rottweilers love spending time with their human family and think they are lap dogs. The first one was brought to America in the 1920s by a German emigrant. They are big dogs and can reach up to 130 lbs. They are extremely loyal, very stubborn and oddly timid for their large size. They rank in the top 10 breeds for being very smart! I have been surprised at how easy it has been to train Ruby. She loves learning new things and wants to please her human family.
Recently I was looking through the pictures we have taken of Ruby. What I discovered was that in all of them she was smiling. I realized that Ruby is a very happy dog and she is excited to be a part of our family. This made my heart smile. I thought to myself “What is God wanting me to learn from Ruby?” First of all, she taught me to not “judge a book by its cover.” On the outside Ruby looks scary with her large size, piercing brown eyes, and thunderous bark. She’s so big that she looks like an adult dog. But once you get to know her, you will see that she is a sweet, friendly, loving, and gentle puppy. In the Bible, Rahab had a bad reputation. But Rahab was able to overcome her reputation. Despite what she was known for she was a good person. She hid the spies that God sent into Jericho and saved their lives. It helped God’s people take over their promised land. Just like Rahab, Ruby has chosen to rise above her reputation and be a good dog.
Second of all, I realized that Ruby was teaching me something very valuable. Ruby was teaching me to always look up and stay focused on Jesus. I might be having the worst day ever, but instead of focusing on the bad I should always focus on the good in my life. I have so much more good things going for me than bad things. And I have so much to be thankful to God. So, every time something happens that makes me sad, stressed, or mad I think of Ruby and her smiling face looking back at me and I remind myself to smile and focus on Jesus. Jesus can and will make anything and everything better. He is our one and only true best friend.
Did you know that smiles are contagious? Try it and see, if you smile it will cause other people to smile. Smiling also sets what kind of day you are going to have. If you are always smiling, chances are you are going to have a great day! Most importantly smiling makes your heart happy.
There are many Bible verses that go with this lesson, that I could not pick, instead I included them all.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Philippians 4:8 KJV
If I say, ‘I will forget my complaint,
I will change my expression, and smile,’ Job 9:27 NIV
Our mouths were filled with laughter,
our tongues with songs of joy.
Then it was said among the nations,
“The Lord has done great things for them.”
3 The Lord has done great things for us,
and we are filled with joy. Psalms 126: 2-3 NIV
A happy heart makes the face cheerful,
but heartache crushes the spirit. Proverbs 15:13 NIV
Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.” John 7:24 ESV
You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Can you pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? Matthew 7: 16 NLT
Dear Lord, please help us to always smile and give our problems over to Jesus. Help us to be thankful and to concentrate on all the good things in our life. We have so many things to be thankful for. Help us remember that it is only by your good grace that we have these things. We give all the glory to You, Lord, and we come to you with a thankful heart. We praise you for everything you have given us! I ask Dear Lord, that you help each one of us to not judge a person by appearances, but instead give each person a chance despite their reputation. Help us remember that actions speak louder than words. In Jesus’s name we pray Amen.