Christian Cowboys and Cowgirls are actin’ like dogs and why you should too.

by Kevin on July 26, 2010

There seems to be a pattern in the way that cowboys and cowgirls are living their lives. I have seen people behaving differently all around the country. At a time in all of our lives when we should be reaching out to God and living the way we are supposed to, more and more are starting to act like dogs–and that’s not a bad thing.

I got to thinking about how we are supposed to live as Christians. I read Romans 12:9-13 Sunday at church and I think it gives a pretty good summary about what we are supposed to do.

9Be sincere in your love for others. Hate everything that is evil and hold tight to everything that is good. 10Love each other as brothers and sisters and honor others more than you do yourself. 11Never give up. Eagerly follow the Holy Spirit and serve the Lord. 12Let your hope make you glad. Be patient in time of trouble and never stop praying. 13Take care of God’s needy people and welcome strangers into your home.

That’s a pretty darn good starting place right there. You could work on those 4 verses for the next 40 years without mastering just those. But there is another method for learning how Christians are supposed to live. Just watch how dogs live their lives.

Christian Cowboys livin’ like dogs

1. Dogs are never fake

Dogs don’t try to be someone they are not. They are very transparent and one look at them will tell you exactly how they feel.

2. Dogs don’t hold a grudge.

My wife slammed Ziggy’s head in the door the other day. She didn’t know he was coming in behind her and she closed the door on him. He yelped. She said she was sorry. He forgave her.

3. Dogs are always happy to see you when you get home.

They will bark and wag their tails and maybe even pee on the floor, but dogs are always happy to see you. Most times you have to tell them to settle down they get so excited.

4. Dogs will take a nap when they get tired.

They will work cattle all day long or chase a ball in the front yard until they nearly collapse, but when the fun and work is over, they lay down and go to sleep. They don’t watch TV. They don’t worry about the rent. They don’t care about the weather. They just know they need sleep so they go get it.

5. Dogs trust us with their care.

They may bark or whine at meal times, but they never worry about the next meal. They trust us and they know we will take care of them whether they like or not.

6. Dogs aren’t afraid to ask to be loved.

They do not drop subtle hints. They do not beat around the bush. They do not care if you are in the mood for it. When they want to be loved, they ask for it. If they don’t get it, they don’t get mad. They just try again in about two minutes until you finally give in.

Kevin & Ziggy at the ranch

7. Dogs don’t need to understand words to understand feelings.

When I lost Sue, Ziggy came in and jumped up in my lap and hasn’t let me out of his sight yet. When I was sad, he was sad. If I sang, he sang.

8. Dogs are protectors.

They don’t care how big the other dog is. If they think it’s gonna get too close and hurt you, they’re gonna let him have an earful and maybe a mouthful too.

9. Dogs don’t care ’bout fancy.

A dog could care less if he sleeps on a feather doggy bed or the ground. They may like milk bones better than dog food, but they are happy to have whatever is available at the moment.

10. Dogs are great listeners.

Any of my dogs will sit there and listen to you talk all day long without judgment or reprove. They may even fall asleep a few times, but if you ever move so much as a finger, they are wide awake and looking to see if you are alright. I know therapists that charge $200 per hour to do the same thing. Ziggy only charges $179 and a belly rub if anyone is interested.

What are some lessons you’ve learned from unlikely places?

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