My goal in life is to be as good a person as my dog already thinks I am.Unknown
As I write, my precious pooch is by my side. His presence always brightens my day! Being it’s New Year’s Eve, I thought it would be fitting to write about my goals for the coming year. There’s just one problem, I’m not sure what they are. My dog snuggled closer . . .
Lots of worthy goals swirled around my head, but none grabbed my heart. My dog did a few turns and snuggled even closer, pausing to look up at me with his loving eyes. He truly thinks I’m the most amazing thing on earth!
Suddenly it hit me, my goal is to be as good a person as my dog already thinks I am! I realize that’s a big goal, but why not? After all, I’ve got some pretty good teachers (my furry friends) to show me the way.
Dogs personify everything that’s good, lovely, and true in life. Their faithfulness and ability to love is uncanny! We can learn so much from our dogs about loving and living loved! To love and be loved is such a beautiful feeling, especially when that love is unconditional . . . sort of how we feel when our doggies welcome us us home and lavish us with those often underserved kisses.
As I mused over my pawsitely delightful goal for the new year, I felt like God brought me back to the basics of life (do good, be kind, be grateful…), and also the greatest commandment . . .
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’Mathew 22:37-39
Being as wonderful, loving, and kind as my dogs think I am is a high bar to set. The good thing is that when I fail to live up to their ideal, I know that I’m still perfectly loved, not only by my dogs, but more importantly, by God.
God said, “I have loved you with an everlasting love.” — Jeremiah 31:3Jeremiah 31:3
I can’t help but think how wonderful the world would be, if everyone’s New Year Resolution was to be a little more like dogs–our faithful friends– and to try to emulate the wonderful qualities they already see in us.
Happy New Year!
Leila Grandemange weaves her love for God and devotion to dogs in her writing, to help people unleash a richer, more meaningful life! Visit her Amazon Author Central.
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