Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Judgement by the Cone
Our family recently got two boxer/mastiff/lab pups from Arizona. We have been integrating them with our other two dogs, Scooter, and Joy, in hopes that they become friends with each other.
Our black puppy, Zinc, chewed on his stub tail, recently after it had been docked. Because of that, he has to wear a cone on his collar, to prevent him from chewing his tail again.
Our other puppy Copper Penny, was a good girl and she is cone free. :)
It took her almost a week, but Joy, who is close to the puppies size (at least right now she is) began to play with Copper. They are now best buddies. Zinc, on the other hand was sort of left out. Scooter feels to old and grumpy to play and run around with a young energetic pup, and Joy is scared of Zincs' cone. Whenever Zinc ran over to join the fun, Joy would tuck in her tail and slink off. After watching this happen for several days, we took off Zincs' collar for a moment, making sure to keep a close eye on him so he didn't chew his tail. Seeing the cone-less Zinc, Joy ran over and all three dogs began doing laps around our Family Room. Joy then wrestled with Zinc, having a grand time... That is, until the cone had to be put back on, and when Zinc tried playing with her, Joy ran away.
Isn't this how it is with people? We judge others by their looks and what kind of person they "seem like" Something that I have found that I need to work on, is being careful not to look at a total stranger and judge them by what they look like. It's easy enough to do. It's our sin nature to look at someone and decide right then and there whether we like them or not. That is why we have to be so careful of how we react and think about others. Have you ever seen someone and decided you don't like them, only to meet them later and find out their not that bad after all?
Samuel 16.7 ...Man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.
Even if your "judging" is correct, we need to have grace and still be kind to others, whether you get along with them or not.
Mostly, try not to think of others in a negative mind, or compare them to how "bad" they are from your measuring stick. This is pride on our part and if they are in the wrong, it is between them and God.
Our dog Joy, took one look at Zinc and decided he was scary and mean. As soon as the cone came off, to Joy, Zinc was an exciting and fun play-mate. (so much so that it was Copper who got left in the dust!)
Joy was "judging" what Zinc was like by the cone he was wearing. Joy, of course is a dog, so she can get away with it. What about when it comes down to us? Will we be a stranger to many because we judged them by their "cone"?
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.