August 26, 2014

What You Have To Offer

My dog, Jackson, is one of the most loving dogs I’ve ever met. It’s just a fact, (not that I’m biased, of course.) A while ago, my dad was visiting from out of town and made an observation about Jackson....

My dog, Jackson, is one of the most loving dogs I’ve ever met. It’s just a fact, (not that I’m biased, of course.)

A while ago, my dad was visiting from out of town and made an observation about Jackson. It was a simple phrase but it stuck with me: “You can sure tell that dog knows he’s loved.”

Isn’t that interesting? He didn’t say, “That dog is so loving.” He said, “He knows he’s loved.”

What’s so beautiful about my dad’s observation is that it’s true for all of us. What we offer others is a mirror into what we believe about ourselves.

My pastor, Pete Wilson, echoes this with one of his famous lines: “Hurt people hurt people. Free people free people.”

You can apply this idea to many different adjectives. If we want to extend love, we have to believe we are loved. If we want to build confidence in others, we have to embrace confidence. If we want to offer grace, we have to accept grace.

After all, you can’t offer something you don’t have. And you can’t lead someone where you are not.

My dad’s comment was spot-on for Jackson, but also for you and for me. Let’s remember that it’s in accepting these gifts that we are able to offer them to others.

“We love because He first loved us.” – John 4:19

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  1. Dottie says:

    How important to remember that we are held in high esteem by Our LORD and Saviour . . . thank you for the words that lifted me up. My cat knows he is loved, too . . . : )