Children and puppies have a lot in common. Have you ever wished you could be as happy and carefree as they are? This past week I thought about the reasons why these beautiful creations of God see all of life as a wonderful adventure. I discovered they have much to teach us.
Children and Puppies Live in the NOW
They don’t angst about the past. They don’t worry about the future. They revel in this moment. Here. And there is so much here to amaze them. “…strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow, blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!”
“And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?” (Matt. 6:27)
“But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead...” (Phil. 3:13)
Children and Puppies Savor the Simple Things
- A chewy bone
- The taste of mint toothpaste
- A peanut butter mustache
- The crisp burst of a perfect grape
- A favorite book
- A cozy nap
- A backyard picnic
- A butterfly
- A back scratch
Their desires are simple and sweet. Their gratefulness spills over in giggles and barks. No expectations. Just happy, open arms to whatever comes their way. They know whatever it is…it will be good.
“…for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.” (Phil. 4:11)
Children and Puppies Don’t Analyze Themselves
They don’t think much about themselves at all. They’re too busy exploring. Too caught up in the wonders outside to be bogged down by the complexities inside. Too mesmerized by the One Who loves them to mess with self-pity.
“If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31)
Children and Puppies Don’t Hold Grudges
They can be ignored, overlooked, and taken for granted. But they easily forgive and accept forgiveness. For themselves as well as others. They are free of bitterness, hatred, anger, and revengeful thoughts. They are free.
“For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” (Matt. 6:14-15)
Children and Puppies Trust and Surrender
They believe the One Who is taking care of them loves them completely and will only give what is best to them. When they are told to “jump”, they jump with abandon, knowing they will be caught. Food, clothing, shelter and hugs will be provided. Care and worry do not scribble lines across their brow. They trust that troubles will be dealt with, and all they need to do is cuddle.
This is joy-filled, grace-filled living. This is open abandon to the Master.
This is worship.
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. (Romans 12:1)