Last Sunday after preaching on forgiveness at Willow UMC one person suggested that we should be like dogs when it comes to truly forgiving ourselves and others. So today I offer Christianity 101, the dog version.
If we were only taught by dogs, we would learn stuff like:
**When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
**Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.
**When it's in your best interest -- practice obedience.
**Let others know when they've invaded your territory.
**Take naps and stretch before rising.
**Run, romp and play daily.
**Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
**Avoid biting, when a simple growl will do.
**On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.
**On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.
**When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
**No matter how often you're scolded, don't buy into the guilt thing and pout...run right back and make friends.
**Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
**Eat with gusto and enthusiasm. Stop when you've had enough.
**Never pretend to be something you're not.
**If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
**When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently.