[CF Devotionals] 2019-05-01 - Tail Wagging and Body Wagging

Tail Wagging & Body Wagging

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However unscientific it may be to the experts, my own observation suggested to me that our black lab German short-hair pointer was extremely happy while playing ball down in our basement this afternoon. I could tell by her tail wagging quickly from side to side, as she returned with each ball I tossed to the other side of the room. Her anticipation was prodigious, and I was so happy for her every time I let the ball go, and on some level, I lived vicariously through her in those moments as she approached the ball, spun, grabbed it, sunk her teeth in it and galloped back toward me - so grateful for the next chance to do it all over again. The grounder, the high ball, the one off to the side off the drywall, the one off the concrete wall, the one straight into the door near the floor, and the challenge of determining which was to come, were part of the charm to her. She is so fast and accurate, she would be a great goalie for any soccer team or goal tender for a hockey team, and would love either game - but only if it would be pleasing to us.

And one thing we have learned about Ms. Melody is that when she is concerned about having upset us is that she pauses, and when we tell her everything is okay, she wags her entire body in apology, in a big way, for several minutes at a time - whether she has a reason to do so or not. I can accidentally step on her foot, and she will apologize to me for several minutes, no matter what I might say to try to convince her otherwise. We can learn a lot from her humility. I do, every day. Playing makes her happy, but pleasing makes her ecstatic. And so it goes. How about you? We should strive to serve the Father in his service, in the same manner each day, with humility.

“Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. “(James 3:13 NIV)

“In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” (1Peter 5:5 NIV)

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,” (Philippians 2:3 NIV)

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.” (Romans 12:1-3 NIV)

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All scripture references from King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted