One of the countless things I love most about traveling with my husband and wiener dogs and presenting motivational messages throughout the state is it’s different every single day. A different town, different county, different school, different venue, different people. Although most of the elements change, there are several things that are quite predictable – particularly the things people tell us. For one, we hear every animal story known to man – and honestly, we enjoy each of them. In addition, there are a few comments we always hear.
One favorite comment we hear at almost every event.
“I’ve got a dog that look just like Woody. ‘Cept it’s a German Shepherd.”
Or Poodle, Bulldog, St. Bernard, take your pick.
I think that comment is prompted by the fact that kids want to identify with us – particularly Woody. And let’s face it, many times we see what we want to see.
Another favorite is directed to me personally.
“You know, it really is true what they say about dog owners and their dogs looking alike. The resemblance between you and Woody is uncanny!”
How do you respond when someone has just pointed out you look like a canine that was bred to burrow into holes and catch badgers?
Speaking of, a study in 2009 found that over 70% of owners and their animals actually resemble each other. This is attributed to the fact that people tend to subconsciously choose animals they tend to look like.
Whatever the case, I’m really not offended that people look at me and see characteristics of Woody. However, it wouldn’t be my first choice.
There’s an older Christian song that says it best.
When anyone looks at me let them see Jesus.
Let me be a reflection of His love and mercy to them
When they start to read my life story.
I want it to bring my Savior glory.
When anyone looks at me let them see Him.
ATTRIBUTES OF JESUS
If I took a long, hard look in the mirror, would I be a reflection of Him? Or am I fooling myself – seeing what I want to see? The Bible lists countless attributes of Jesus.
Jesus is Gentle and Humble
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. – Matthew 11:29
Jesus is Merciful
For this reason he had to be made like his brothers in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. - Hebrews 2:17
Jesus is Forgiving
Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." And they divided up his clothes by casting lots. - Luke 23:34
Jesus is a Servant
Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. - Matthew 20:28
In addition to those qualities, we see Jesus being approachable, spreading joy to people, and telling everyone about His Father. Never do we see Jesus being selfish or gossiping. Never do we see Him making poor decisions or being impulsive. We see Him giving His life so that we may have life to the fullest.
MY MOTTO AND PRAYER
May that song be my motto – that my life’s story centers around Christ and brings my Savior glory.