We read in the book of Proverbs, “Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!” If God’s Word can advise us to learn something about work from the hard-working ants, we should also be able to learn something about faith from that most faithful of all God’s creatures, the dog.
CLUNY by William Croswell Doane in The Boston Evening Transcript:
I am quite sure he thinks that I am God–
Since He is God on whom each one depends
For life, and all things that His bounty sends–
My dear old dog, most constant of all friends;
Not quick to mind, but quicker far than I
To Him whom God I know and own; his eye
Deep brown and liquid, watches for my nod;
He is more patient underneath the rod
Than I, when God His wise corrections sends.
He looks love at me, deep as words e’er spake;
And from me never crumb or sup will take
But he wags thanks with his most vocal tail;
And when some crashing noise wakes all his fear
He is content and quiet if I’m near,
Secure that my protection will prevail;
So, faithful, mindful, thankful, trustful, he
Tells me what I unto my God should be.
My goal is to be as good a person as my dog already thinks I am. –unknown
If you can start the day without caffeine… if you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains… if you can resist complaining, and boring people with your troubles… if you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it… if you can understand when your loved ones are to busy to give you any time… if you can overlook it when those you love take it out on you, when, through no fault of your own something goes wrong… if you can take criticism and blame without resentment… if you can ignore a friend’s limited education, and never correct them… if you can resist treating a rich friend better than a poor friend… if you can face the world without lies and deceit… if you can conquer tension without medical help, relax without liquor, and sleep without the aid of drugs… if you can honestly say that deep in your heart you have no prejudice against any creed, color, religion, or politics… then, you are probably the family dog.
Proverbs 6:6-8 — Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.
Zechariah 8:8 — “I will bring them back to live in Jerusalem; they will be my people, and I will be faithful and righteous to them as their God.”
I Corinthians 4:2 — Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.
Lord, since Thou hast taken from me all that I had of Thee, yet of Thy grace leave me, I pray, the gift which every dog has by nature; that of being true to Thee in my distress, when I am deprived of all consolation. Amen.
–Mechthild of Magdeburg, Cistercian nun and mystic (1210?-1285?)