A Dog's-Eye View of Life

“But he answered, “It is written,”‘ Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'” (Matthew 4:4 ESV).
In Africa, I had two dogs, big, boisterous Rhodesian ridgebacks. Within the limitations of dogs, they were pretty good company, showing great enthusiasm when we set off from the house on a walk, or greeting me on my return from work. But there were some things they did not share with me.
The highlight of their day was not a beautiful sunset. They might sit on either side of me in a companionable way, but they weren’t appreciating the vibrancy of the colors of the sky as the sun sank in a fiery finale over the horizon.
Neither did they eagerly anticipate the moment when I played some great piece of music on my stereo. They might lie on the floor and doze, but they weren’t soaking up the sounds of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, or the close harmonies of Simon and Garfunkel.
What was the highlight of their lives? What was it that set their hearts afire, that soothed the savage beast within?
Well, you’ve got to remember, they were dogs! The highlight of their day was … lunchtime!
When I poured out the bag of dog food into their bowls they quivered with excitement, barely able to wait before they began to frantically gulp it all down. They “savored” their meal for a full thirty seconds, then it was all over!
It’s OK for dogs to live on a purely physical level; it’s a pity when human beings never live at a deeper level than satisfying their bellies! There is a part of a human being that is missing, that’s not being fed when this is so.
Rather than merely existing, begin to really live, fed by “every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

2 Replies to “A Dog's-Eye View of Life”

  1. Stan, it’s indeed true what you stated about dogs and human beings. It’s sad that many folks can’t slow down long enough to appreciate the simple beauty of a flower, sunset, or music because they are always in a hurry to acquire another dollar.
    Umm, I wonder if they’ve ever thought about who will acquire those dollars after they have departed this life? (Luke 12:20; Ecclesiastes 2:18-19).
    El Paso, Tx

  2. Stan,
    I’ve often been wondered if an animal could ever grow to love music. I’ve concluded “no.” It’s a sad thing.
    I appreciate your writings. This topic is something everyone struggles with at some point. There are so many good things on earth that we can love. Ultimately, if we don’t recognize the power and the superiority of the Creator, none of it matters.
    Matthew 6:24

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