Are You Afraid?

My Dog’s Fear

Thought for the day: What are you afraid of?

A few days back a family member came for a visit and brought her three dogs. They were well-behaved and friendly. Two were small and one was huge. My stinking dog was deathly afraid of them. They were harmless, especially the big dog; he had difficulty moving around and was extremely calm. While the dogs appeared to invade dog’s comfort zone, she climbed right up onto the top of the chair and rested herself on the back. She sat right on top of Bill’s head, so I snapped a picture. It looked like a fairly bald man was sporting a new wig. We were all laughing so hard. We found the whole thing to be very funny, however my dog didn’t. She was having nothing to do with the visiting dog thing and wanted everyone to go away.

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For those of you who know my dog, you know how cuddly she is. You know how much she loves people, loves to be on a lap resting with anyone who will allow her to. BUT, don’t bring your dog around; she will cower. I have tried all different types of enforcement in hopes that one of my methods would draw her closer to another dog, but to no avail. She’s just afraid. She’s eight years old and is not about to change now.

When the dogs left, she finally came off of the chair and regained her domain.

I started thinking about the things that I’m afraid of and how I don’t like to tell others. I will do anything to avoid talking about my fears. No one is really comfortable with sharing their feelings about their insecurities especially when they are meeting new people or seeking a relationship.

Have you had to share a fear with someone? Did they understand or laugh?

Sadly, I think in my youthful days, I’ve laughed a time or two about someones hang up. Ugh! It’s crazy how we judge like that and then the table turns on us. We become afflicted with a fear and someone doesn’t understand and chuckles under their breath. It’s just not right to judge the hang-ups of others.

God instructs us to not judge others!

James 4:11-12 ESV…Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor?

Is there someone in your life that you need to be a little bit more patient with and try to be more understanding regarding their fears?

Lord, I am in no way perfect and have my own hangups. Help me to be very sensitive towards the fears of others. Help me to judge not.beth new pic

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