Four-Dog Night


“Mom, wake up! There are dogs barking outside, and they won’t stop.”

Bleary eyed, I looked at my daughter. My watch said 12:30 a.m.

“What do you want me to do about it?” I asked.  I mean, dogs and barking.  Really?

Jonathon woke up almost immediately.

“Ruby, let’s go,”he said.  He herded her out of the room.

Turns out it was a small gang of dogs, barking and barking at…something. Ruby yelled at them from her window.  They just looked up at her.

“Two of them looked like twins, Mom.  They had white bodies.  One had a spot on its eye.  The other had a spot on its side.  Then a little black dog trotted up the steps and into the yard. Max (our near-pet) got in on it, too.”

Dog bow-wow at 12:00.

They didn’t leave until Jonathon took the time to put on his coat, open the door and tell them – with extreme prejudice – to go home. He said they looked at him, barked again, then left.

Sometimes, we have to do the bossing. We can’t rely on others, like the police or some animal’s rightful owner, to step up and take responsibility. Sometimes we think the task too difficult. We can’t possibly stop watching that TV show that gives us nightmares.  We want to know how it ends, man! We could never quit smoking, or overeating, or whatever it is that keeps us bound up and miserable. Wait, there’s more. We could never open our mouths and share our journey to faith with others.

Yes, you can.  In fact, God says you’re the best person for the job.

By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence.
 – 2 Peter 1:3




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