My Dog for a Day



How a dog named Sammy helped me find my purpose.

There was an unusual helper on this post, a dog named Sammy, who is not mine, but my aunt’s.

Sammy lives downstairs and he rarely comes up the three flights of stairs to my apartment, on account of his short legs and bit of extra poundage.

But a couple of times in 2014 I was home alone and heard a soft bark at the door. What a surprise: Sammy was waiting on the landing.

I was perplexed the first time — which happened after I had a particularly stressful day — and I let Sammy in and he sat quietly by my feet for a good while before he went back to his home downstairs. By the second time, also after a stressful day, I had caught on.

Through these two occasions, I learned something many dog owners know quite well. Sammy could sense my distress, and he had come to my aid. His company was a stress reliever!

What does this have to do with a post about purpose? I’m glad you asked. You see, Sammy was fulfilling a purpose just by being the creature he was made to be. He is a dog, an animal that has an acute sense of smell and a social nature.

We as humans are “made in God’s image,” Scripture tells us. We are designed to have an intimate relationship with our Creator. Now, whether or not we do is up to us.

Before I knew better, I thought my destiny was mine to make. But even when I found success, the “high” would eventually wear off, and I would be seeking my next desire. Sometimes — O.K., many times — like a dog chasing its tail, my wants would lead me in circles.

It’s only when I yielded my will to God’s, when I started reading the Bible, obeyed and was baptized, that my life truly found direction, purpose.

Are there still times when I get bogged down? (Was it a slog for Sammy to climb those stairs?) Of course. But now I know the always uplifting truth: This situation is temporary. Our time on earth is to prepare us for what comes next. And God offers us a "down payment" for living here. Are you taking advantage of it?

So, yes, YOLO (you only live once), but why sell yourself short? Jesus shows us that for those who believe, this is only the beginning (OTB).

When I asked myself, “What should I do with my life?” I was asking the wrong person.

“In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will” Ephesians 1:11.

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