Do you have a pet? Many do. One thing I’ve noticed is that pets are generally loved and cared by their owners, and some are even spoiled. In fact, many are given consideration above that which is extended to most humans.
Take for example, the story I read recently about a man and his dog in the Ozarks. During quail season an old farmer was out hunting with an ancient pointer. Twice the dog pointed. Twice his master kicked at a matted growth, wheeled sharply and fired into the empty air. When a friend saw no birds rise, he asked the farmer for an explanation. “Shucks,” grinned the old man, “I know there warn’t no birds in that grass. Spot’s nose ain’t what it used to be. But him and me have seen some wonderful days together. He’s doing his best — and it’d be mighty little of me to call him a liar.”
Have you ever contemplated what the world would be like if everyone showed that kind of consideration not only to his dog, but to his fellow man? Is there any doubt it would eliminate many of the bumps, bruises, and rough spots in life?
When it comes to how we treat another, Jesus wrote the book on this topic. “And as you wish that men would do to you, do so to them” (Luke 6:31). It’s little wonder to me that this great principle has become known by all as “THE GOLDEN RULE.” It’s the practical expression of Christian love — the kind of love which would change the world and give a taste of heaven below!
My Bible says, “Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellow man has fulfilled the law” (Romans 13:8).
If love for a dog would cause an old farmer to shoot at none existing birds, I wonder how it would modify our treatment of each other??? (Windsong Bulletin)