Dogs Play Many Roles

Please Share
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

Dogs play many roles in our lives and teach us important lessons

Dogs can play many roles in our lives. They teach us the responsibility of caring for another living soul. Dogs have souls too.  And dogs can offer many analogies to our relationship with our Heavenly Father.

Below are a few things that our furry friends can teach us in life. I am sure these are not new things for anyone, but they are worth mentioning before we move on. I want to illustrate these qualities that the dog possesses because it reminds us that they have spirits too, each unique and special to God.

Thinking about how and why these little friends impact our lives is really critical to understanding why it is not likely that losing them from our earthly home is forever. I believe God’s word gives us much reassurance that we will be reunited.

Unconditional Love

No animal (or often human) offers unconditional love like a dog. I am sure there are exceptions to this, but this is the most common reason that the dog got nicknamed, “man’s best friend.” This is a huge reason why people love dogs. It is also why it is so heartbreaking when people mistreat their dog because a dog offers so much and really doesn’t expect a lot in return.

dogs teach us important lessons

We live in a society where so many people, young and old, don’t understand what unconditional love really means. A dog can teach us a lot about this, which can improve our bond with our dog, but also ripple out to our human relationships. Most importantly our relationship with our Savior.

With our dog friends, it doesn’t matter whether we have mustard all over our face, whether we walk funny or are less than perfect. (This is a good thing as we are all less than perfect). A beloved dog loves us just for us. We are the most important thing in their world. We can be boring, grumpy or sleepy. We can be hyper, talkative or quiet. We might be the sharpest tool in the shed or the dullest. It just doesn’t matter to our dog. They just want to be with us.

Of course, they love doing fun stuff with us too, but they typically will follow our lead and just be happy sharing whatever activity we want to do, whether it is playing ball or taking a nap. Jesus loves us this way. He loves us just for us, on good days and not so good days. We don’t have to be perfect. Even when we mess up, He still loves us. He’ll spend time with us anytime we want to spend time with Him, whether we are boring, quiet or noisy. And yes, He loves for us to have joy too.

That’s just a glimpse of unconditional love. Dogs can demonstrate this kind of love so well.

Forgiveness

Even when we are “sticks in the mud” with our dog or maybe snap at them, they forgive us. They simply want to please us. They might even cuddle up next to us to say they are sorry or make us feel better. They don’t look to blame, they just want you to be happy with them. That’s a true friend. Of course, this is a reciprocal act in this bonding friendship when your dog does something that might displease you.

When we do something that displeases God, we may be sorry and ask forgiveness, maybe spend some time in His word or in prayer. Jesus always forgives sincere repentance. Watching our dogs demonstrate this with us can help us better understand the power of forgiveness that Jesus offers. Of course, on a bit different scale.

Worship

I think dogs can even teach us a little bit about worship. The dogs’ world revolves around their “master.” They trust them, honor them and obey or at least, try hard to obey. They gaze at their master with love and awe. Oh my! If we as humans worshiped our Savior like a faithful dog worships us as their master, how many smiles would that put on our Master’s face? Even without the tail wagging.

Joy

Dogs can teach us a thing or two about taking time to enjoy the simple pleasures of life. Watching your friend toss up a bug or a toy can put a smile on your face from northwest to northeast. You don’t need any other source of entertainment. Or maybe joy comes in sharing a little tug play time or throwing a Frisbee. Maybe it is working side by side with your dog to bring some joy to someone else’s life, like a child or maybe an elder in a nursing home. Animals in general and particularly dogs, can brighten someone’s day in so many ways.

Cherish the joy you share.

Friendship

It all can be summed up with friendship. There is no friendship like the one that can be shared with a loyal dog. Certainly, a true friend is a friend in good times or not so good times. And this works both ways. This is not always the case with some of the human friends we might have had through the years. I bet you have had people in your life, maybe even relatives, that claimed to be your friend, but proved to be the superficial fair weather human breed variety. Even a human dog friendship can be tested at times, maybe even on both sides, but with few exceptions, your 4-legged friend will still be your very best friend.

They daily show us how much they love us, forgive us and worship us. They can put a smile on our face just by looking at them. When your furry friend shares all this with you, it makes it easy to reciprocate this friendship. To show them how much we love them, we forgive them when they are a little naughty, cherish them as a dear friend, take care of them, train them and of course, give them a reason to smile when they look at us.

It is ultimate of friendships as a true friend doesn’t fault you, doesn’t judge you and doesn’t criticize

you. A true friend is always happy to be with you, always happy to be your comfort, always happy to be your friend. Not sure too many people can boast a friendship like this with human counterparts, but it is certainly a model to strive toward.

And many more lessons …

Our dogs help us in so many more ways than what is listed above. For many, dogs fill deep emotional needs or very practical needs for those using dogs to help bridge the gap from certain disabilities or health conditions. They can even bring families closer together. They make companions for the single person as well who may have bouts of loneliness. Dogs have certain skills and senses that make them a highly attuned companion on many levels. Yes, I know, even the best of dogs can be annoying, but we love them anyway. No doubt, we annoy them sometimes, but they love us anyway.

Dogs Play Many Roles Beyond Those Mentioned

Dogs play many roles in our lives and teach us many important lessons that wouldn’t fit on a page. I believe God made dogs special to help us through life. For this reason and others found in God’s word reassure me that our furry friends that have passed are waiting for our arrival in heaven.


Please Share
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •