Taking Care of Fido

November 22, 2010 by  
Filed under Daily Devotions, Family

By Cheri Cowell –

I am one of those who believe all children should have a pet. My childhood home was filled with dogs, cats, rabbits and even a gerbil. My parents were very wise and made sure my sister and I learned how to care for each of them. We were expected, no matter how much we protested, to walk, groom, feed and housekeep our animals. We learned that having a pet was being responsible for all of their care no matter how inconvenient it was. In doing so we experienced the great joy of loving, and being loved by, our pets. It was a lesson that prepared us for other, more important things.

Just as I had to learn to fulfill my responsibilities to my pets no matter how I felt or what was happening in my life, God wants us to meet our obligations as followers of Christ no matter how we feel or what else is going on. Each of us is placed in a family, community, job and church with roles to play and duties to fulfill. It is no accident that we have these responsibilities. In accepting them, and in fact, actually embracing them, we will experience the joy that only comes to those who fulfill their God-given roles. God expects us to fulfill these roles with love for others even while we await His glorious return.

PRAYER: I thank You, Lord, for opportunities to serve others no matter how small or inconvenient those opportunities may seem. Help me see these duties as a chance to serve You by serving others in preparation for Your return.

“Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns” (Matthew 24:45-46 NIV).

Today’s devotion is by Cheri Cowell, who writes and speaks on topics of Christian discipleship. In addition to her books and articles, you can learn about her speaking ministry and sign up to receive her daily devotional at www.CheriCowell.com

About Cheri Cowell

Cheri Cowell is the author of the new Bible study, Parables and Word Pictures of the New Testament: Following God series http://www.CheriCowell.com

Comments

2 Responses to “Taking Care of Fido”
  1. Nike Chillemi says:

    Excellent article. I also agree children should have pets and be taught by their parents how to care for the furry creatures. How a child treats animals is an indication of how he/she will later treat people.

  2. Robin J. Steinweg says:

    Cheri,
    This is a profound truth. Thanks for reminding me of the joy found in taking care of the little things.

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