All that talk of risk assessing my activities last month has made me have a re-think
about what I get up to. I guess I just love getting excited. Living life to the full means
there are bound to be a few broken vases on the way. Instead of worrying, I’ve
decided to take joy in what I am good at and that’s a lot.
I am brilliant at tracking down squirrels and cats, a very loud and effective guard dog.
Catching balls in the air is a doddle and I could be on any cricket team. I have a very
good way of re-sorting the contents of the bins and checking out shopping bags.
Lifting something juicy out of a pocket comes naturally easily. I can open packages
and parcels, tear into boxes
and break into almost anything. My teeth are awesome.
And now I have a new skill to add to my CV. My Mum says I am a very good
negotiator. My ploy is to find something that someone else needs, or thinks is
precious, or important and run off with it. That might be a slipper, or
a shoe, or a book, or a pen, or a torch……..
Anything that will get attention. I run around a bit and then sit with it in my mouth to
see if they have noticed. If nothing happens, I give it a bit of a chew, or a slobber,
then another chew…. And voila, someone yells at me to give it back. I run further
and ignore all commands to drop, and so on……. until at last I see the treats come
out. Once the treat is on its way, only then do I give up the item. - I have what I want!
I am very excellent also at sniffing out food and contribute to family life by hoovering it
up. I can smell a morsel of cheese from another room, a piece of sausage from the
bottom of the garden. My nose is good in other ways too. Dad saw a sign the other
day and said that he wanted to get one for his car:
“My window’s not dirty. This is dog art!”
So, I wonder what you are good at? What special gifts and skills has God given you,
to be the person God has made you to be in the world and within the church family.
Let’s do what we can to the full. Everyone of us has something special we can do.
Woof, woof, all the best, from Buddy, one of the vicarage dogs.