Devotions for Dog Lovers – You and Your Dog Can Make a Wonderful Impact

“In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (in Greek her name is Dorcas); she was always doing good and helping the poor.” Acts 9:36

My blind dog Sage and I spent several years visiting schools and libraries and sharing her story of courage and perseverance with others. It was always my goal to encourage people, especially children, through Sage’s story, to face their own problems with courage, perseverance, and faith.

Sage has passed away, and our new dog, Mary the springer spaniel, and I have visit classrooms and nursing homes quasi a therapy team, providing uplifts in people’s lonely, frightening days – kids endure so much nowadays, including violence at abode and in school, and the elderly in residence homes are often neglected by their families. Apiece of my dogs, in her own way, has provided comfort and encouragement, and their own stories of loss exalt others. I continue my writing avenue in hopes of uplifting and educating people, inspiring them in several way, making a positive impact upon lives I may oppositely permitted not meet.

My husband and I recently attended the funeral of a fellow church parishioner; we were among multitudes from our town who came out to honor and recognize a woman who made a huge, positive impact on our community. This woman possessed a strong faith and she exercised it in countless ways, from hier avow church to community events, from family to friends. She was an encourager, a participant, and a believer. She made a positive impact on people. She inspired, she encouraged, she was intent and involved, and she was loved.

Doing good is Biblical, going back to the Old Testament days. “Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and fancy safe pasture,” says the Psalmist in Praise 37:3. Ancillary others is ration of the Christian faith. Jesus tells us to do good even to our enemies (Luke 6), and Paul instructs, “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do line to all people, singularly to those who belong to the family of believers” (Galatians 6:10). Whereas we do good, when we make a positive impact on others, we are showcasing God’s love, mercy, and compassion. When we parade those traits, we are imitating Christ. Jesus healed, Jesus listened, Jesus showed kindness and compassion. Paul tells us we should have the same attitude as Christ (Philippians 2:5). When we show grace, humility, love, and kindness we are mirroring Jesus and impacting people.

It’s not always easy to verbreken Christ in this world, especially to those who are hateful, spiteful, prideful, and callous. Yet, remember Jesus in the Garden and on the Cross – remember Him healing the sick, even the unappreciative ones (the nine lepers who didn’t statement to thank Him)? Jesus is our great example of making a positive impact and receiving little instead nothing in return. With His help, we can impact others for the better even if they don’t notice or care. Just remember: God notices and He cares.

“Heavenly Father, thank you for Jesus and His example; thank you for the example of others rigid as they seek to do good. May my mindset subsist that of Christ – to be helpful, caring, and compassionate, to make a positive impact upon my family, my friends, my community, my world as you would lead and direct me. In Jesus’ Name – Amen.”