As soon as we reach for the leash, Charlie … our dog … begins doing a little dance. Oh, boy, we’re going on a walk. And until we got a “lead” leash, he would jerk our arm out of the socket with his pulling and running … in a hurry to get to the next smell. He doesn’t care much for the new leash because it has a loop that goes around his snout and when he pulls on the leash, it makes his snout pull down. After a few times of that, he is willing to walk beside us.
I’ve observed his behavior and been reminded of how we … as humans … live life. We are always pulling on the leash … wanting to run ahead to the next great thing. That might mean a new house, car, job or spouse. The thought of walking patiently through life, perhaps actually planning for the financial needs ahead, pulls our snout down and we just don’t like it.
Just as the next bush or tree, pole or fire hydrant is always there for Charlie … with or without his pulling on the leash … our dreams and aspirations are there waiting for us as we travel this journey. If we could just learn to enjoy the expectation, the walk would be a lot more pleasant.
“Speaking to the people, he went on, "Take care! Protect yourself against the least bit of greed. Life is not defined by what you have, even when you have a lot." Luke 12:15 (MSG)