October 21, 2020

Pastoral Nuggets: Big Dogs

Brother-Aaron-236x300Former Chrysler chairman and CEO Lee Iacocca was speaking about managers when he said, “Sometimes even the best manager is like the little boy with the big dog, waiting to see where the dog wants to go… so he can take him there.”

I perceive that in the world of Christianity, many of us are exactly as Mr. Iacocca said. The only difference is the names of our “big dogs.”

The little boy probably called his big dog Rover or Spot. Our “big dogs” have names like: “Church” “Family” Career” “Health” “Life,” and “Circumstances.”

However, regardless of the name, the truth is that many of us are waiting to see where our “big dog” wants to go… so we can lead him there.

As I have read and studied the Bible I find that Jesus was exactly the opposite of what I have described above. He never allowed life to lead Him. He never allowed circumstances to dictate His course of action. He always led the “big dogs” of His life where He wanted them to go.  He never allowed them to lead Him.

It has been said that in life we have but two options concerning the circumstances we face. We can be a thermometer and simply register the temperature of the circumstances that surround us, or we can be a thermostat and bring the forces to bear that will change our circumstances. In short, we either allow our “big dogs” to lead us, or we lead them.

I want to direct your attention back to the story of the little boy with the big dog. Logic teaches us that if the dog decides he wants to go in the opposite direction from the little boy, that the little boy won’t be able to stop him.

Defeated Christians tend to think the same way about life. They think that since their circumstances are bigger than they are, they have no choice but to allow their circumstances to dictate their path in life. However, their logic is flawed. Why? Because the Bible teaches us in 1 John 4: 4, “Greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”

As Christians we must realize that it is not our size, nor the size of the “big dogs” we face in life that determines our outcome. It is the size of God in us that determines our outcome.

Romans 8: 37 teaches us, “In all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” However, the truth of the matter is that we cannot become a conqueror in the “all things” of our lives without engaging in the struggle to do so. The “big dogs” of our lives will always impose their will on us unless we engage in the struggle required to impose our will on them.

Sometimes, for whatever the reason, we choose not to engage in the struggle. We think the battle not worth the effort. It’s easier just to lead the dogs were they want to go. And then we wonder why we are not living the victorious life and why things are the way they are. Things are the way they are because we choose to allow them to be that way.  (Reread Romans 8: 37 above!)

Today I rejoice in the fact that although I’m a little boy facing “big dogs” in my life… I have a Savior that is bigger than both the dogs… and me!

Brother Aaron

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