Man’s Best Friend

Neely last year on Christmas Morning

Ever since I began working from home, our sweet dog Neely has switched her allegiance from Bernie to me and has become my little shadow.  When I’m moving, she’s moving; when I’m working, she has a little spot in the corner and she sleeps by me for the day. 

Each time I come home from a work trip, Neely gets so excited when I walk through the door.  You would have thought Justin Bieber just walked into a room full of 13 year old girls! Neely. Goes. Crazy.  She jumps, she smiles, she kissestalk about a self-esteem boost!  I know she’s just a dog, but her enthusiasm is a fabulous feeling.

Neely loves both of us dearly, because we’re her providers, her parents, and companions.  Even though she misbehaves (a little too much for my liking lately), we go out of our way to make sure she is cared for and well-loved.  In exchange, Neely gives us her loyalty, affection, obedience (sometimes), and lots and lots of praise.  

Last week, when I came home to my jazzed up little dog, I thought about what it would look like if I exerted the same energy and enthusiasm to my Provider, Parent, and Companion.  My God who is always with me, who continually strengthens my weary soul, who loves me despite my indiscretions, who never grows weary of me, and who constantly blows me away with His mighty hand intricately moving in the big and small details of my life.

This Master is One who is so worthy of my entire heartmy praise, my affections, and my devotion, yet somehow I find myself settling into a complacent heart and idly going through motions.  God deserves so much more than my complacency, He deserves my everything.   

Because your love is better than life,
   my lips will glorify you.
I will praise you as long as I live,
   and in your name I will lift up my hands.
My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods;
   with singing lips my mouth will praise you.
Psalm 63:3-5 (NIV)