A lesson from Fido

Last night I went to a benefit dinner for a nonprofit service dog organization. The dogs were impressive – responding to the slightest needs of their owners, smiling, and enjoying their work.  As the evening slipped by and different people expounded on what the dogs can do, it became evident that the dogs weren’t so much trained to work, as their abilities to serve were being identified and nurtured. The dogs were living out their calling; they were living out the service they were designed for.

This caused me to reflect upon myself, and human beings in general. Are we living the lives we were designed for?  Have we found our vocation or are we submitting to merely getting by in life?  Martin Luther believed that people don’t have ‘jobs,’ per se, they have ‘vocations’ – a specified avenue by which God works through them. This can range from homemaker to honor guard, trash collector to taxidermist, lawyer to librarian, etc. It is something that you enjoy doing and causes you to serve others, as well as to encounter God in a more meaningful way.

On my way home from work yesterday, I passed a vehicle that had the words “It’s all about me” plastered across the windshield. Are they true? Yes and no.  Each of us desires fulfillment in this life; we seek it in all that we do. Some find it through extreme sports, others  by continuing their education or advancing in their careers.  Some pour out their lives in service of others, while many find seek fulfillment in satisfiying every passing whim.  People, having been created in God’s image, are designed for fulfillment, but it does not come by serving ourselves. We will only be satisfied in soul and spirit when we surrender to our Creator and allow Him to fulfill His will for our lives. 

Listening for God goes against our nature, since it requires us to be still and wait when we want to move and act.  However, if we want to discover the ultimate meaning of life we will need to pay the price. Hey, if the dogs can do it…can you?

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Aloha! This blog is a window into the active mind of a wife, mother, woman and individual. I may be busy every moment of every day, but I still have time to think. Many seasons have blossomed and faded within my life, and this blog has endured through all of them. It is safe to say that my writing has matured because of them. I hope that you will be inspired to think in fresh ways as you read my writing. To Jesus be all the glory.
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4 Responses to A lesson from Fido

  1. Joe H says:

    When I first read your facebook post, I thought you were going to have hot dogs at a benefit dinner…. guess I should read more closely.

    That would be kind of funny if they served hot dogs at a dog benefit.


  2. Debbie Tobler says:

    I wonder if dogs encounter the attacks of the spiritual sort…likely not. That type of attack is reserved for those of us created in the image of our Creator. That makes our journey a bit more complex…yet not impossible…to accomplish the plan for our lives.
    There is no true satisfaction to be found anywhere else. Keep on folks and fido!


    • wordvessel says:

      Yes, sometimes it is not always easy to be human with a free will. The dogs do have that “advantage.” But they still have to learn to not give in to distractions too.


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