Oh! Our Fur Babies!
They can be the source of so much joy. When I walk London he does this thing where he looks up at me and smiles. (I don't care what anyone says. He IS smiling at me!)
And I smile back and it's just this beautiful moment. 🙂 And it brings me joy.
Other times I walk in my bedroom and realize he pooped in my closet. (don't worry, I have no picture for you) What happens to joy in that moment? Well, it's being threatened that's for sure. Any irritation, inconvenience, disappointment, et cetera, threatens to rob us of joy. If we let it.
But why does it matter if I keep my joy when my dog poops in my closet?!
It matters because if we give up our joy over something like this we train ourselves to surrender it EVERY time we feel that way.
It is possible to keep our joy in these moments. We have a few tools at our disposal:
* Be grateful. Yes, I have poop to clean up. But I'm standing in a closet full of clothes in a house where I get to live. Thank you Lord for these blessings. London is a great dog. He forgets sometimes that he is a great dog. And then he poops in my closet. But he is still a great dog. Thank you, Lord, for him.
* Have a sense of humor! I didn't experience the diaper years (my bonus kids were well past that point when we met) so I haven't actually cleaned up THAT much poop in my lifetime. I guess God didn't want me to completely miss out. (You know, I've heard stories of babies and toddlers actually playing with their poop?? Throwing poop. Smearing it against the wall. THAT IS TERRIBLE. How do you even come back from something like that?) So, I think some occasional dog poop in my closet is something I can live with.
* See the best! London made a mistake. He is not a mistake. He really is a blessing to me!
Truth: we all do the spiritual equivalent of "pooping in the closet" from time to time. (you know what I mean. Just go with me.) We mess up. We act in a way that really isn't representative of who we are. God chooses to see the best in us even on our worst days. He comes along side of us, cleans us up, helps us clean up the mess, if we'll let him. He reminds us of who we really are and just loves us.
He loves you. You bring him joy. And he doesn't stop having joy in you when you mess up. Believing that, knowing that deep in your soul, will help you when you do mess up.
You'll go to him more quickly, allow him in and keep walking along on the journey with him. And as you're walking along you'll stop, look up and smile and know he is smiling back and there will be joy.
(p.s. I never thought I’d write the word “poop” so many times in one sitting. Sorry about that. 🤦🏼♀️”
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10
"See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!" 1 John 3:1
"There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love." 1 John 4:18