By Jody Bennett

Lessons from a sausage dog (Part 10)

As I was making lunch to bring to work today, Carrie, our sausage dog, sat at my feet in the kitchen wanting a bit of everything. A little square of cheese, a slice of cucumber, a wedge of capsicum, a bit of sausage.

It doesn't matter what I am eating, she wants some. I imagine her thinking, "If it is good enough for my master, it is good enough for me." (This may be, of course, why she is a little overweight!)

Carrie thinks this way about the places I frequent too – the couch, the double bed, the hammock, and the driver's seat in the car! If that is where I am, that is where she wants to be; whatever I am doing she wants to be close by.

sausage dog

If we go to the dog beach or swim in the pool she will only get in the water if I do; if the children ever want to find me they look for Carrie, because she is usually right beside me.

In the famous Bible story in Luke 2 of 12-year-old Jesus wondering away from his family and being found in the temple, he says to his parents, "Why were you searching for me? Didn't you know I had to be in my Father's house?"

In another place Jesus said: "Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by Himself; He can do only what He sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does." John 5:19

Jesus, although He Himself is God in human form, lived as an example to us of the relationship we should have with God.

The Apostle Paul told his readers to follow his example as he followed Christ's (1 Corinthians 11:1).

Like Carrie, my motto should be "If it's good enough for my Master, it's good enough for me."

If Jesus suffered, it is no surprise that I do too; if Jesus forgave His enemies, so should I; if Jesus approved or disapproved of something, I should too; and whenever people are looking for Jesus, they should be able to find Him through my example.

My life should be lived at the feet of my Master and my gaze focused upwards in adoration, looking to where we go next, listening for His command.

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