I love my dog. She is just a constant companion and I love just looking at all of her spots and colors and it causes me to sit in wonder at God. It’s just so beautiful.
We were sitting in our spare bedroom this past weekend doing “Bible study.” Basically, I do my Bible study and she sleeps/snores. But she knows when I say, “You ready to do Bible study?” to head toward the bed. She loves it.
I sat for a few moments staring at her while she stared at me and I started thinking about dogs in general. They are who they are. They don’t compare themselves to other dogs or wish they were taller, skinnier or that their fur was brown instead of yellow because Fluffy looks good in that color. They accept you for who you are, too. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t brushed your teeth (they actually prefer the bad breath, I think) or if you didn’t apply make-up that day. They love you for you. You really don’t have to do anything to earn their love. They are loyal creatures.
Why can’t we be more like them? For instance, love ourselves for who God created us to be without envying others and wishing we were taller, skinnier, blonde or whatever. Each of us were created to be a unique part of the body of Christ. If everybody was the head, then who would be the hands or feet? It wouldn’t be a complete body then, would it?
God does not look at us like we look at each other. He looks at our heart. He searches our motives. If we have accepted Christ as our Savior, He sees His Son’s blood covering our sin.
Can you imagine how freeing it would be if we quit worrying about how we looked and accepted ourselves as we are and loved with compassion as Jesus did? No judging, no gossiping, no jealousy, no bitterness…sounds blissful, doesn’t it?
What do you think people in third world countries do? They sure aren’t caught up in what the latest fashion is or what their neighbor just bought. They are grateful to have food to eat and clothes on their back.
“It is for freedom that Christ set us free.” Gal 5:1 And as Francesca Battistelli put it, “I’m free to be me!” Live free in Christ. It is the only way to live.