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What Type Of Dog Are You For God?

Updated on December 8, 2017
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Kari has been an operating room nurse for 25 years. She has been everything from staff nurse to DON.

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Even an ox knows its owner...

— Isaiah 1:3

Do We Know Our Owner?

In Isaiah 1:3, the Bible states that even the ox knows it's owner. I began to wonder, "Do I know my owner?" When I began to live my life to please God, I acknowledged that He is the owner of my future. But, am I willing to listen to God?

I started comparing how I love my dogs with how God loves me. I know more than my dogs and try to keep them safe. Just as God knows more than me, and tries to keep me safe. I train my dogs for different things depending on their innate skills and gifts. God trains each of us differently depending on our skills and gifts.

I started to wonder what type of dog I am towards God. I owned a Labrador Retriever in the past. She was easy to train. She loved to make me happy. Emma loved everyone and everything. She did not have a mean bone in her body.

Emma

This is what my Emma looked like.  I do not have any digital photos of her.
This is what my Emma looked like. I do not have any digital photos of her. | Source

Now I have an American Staffordshire Terrier. She is very different than Emma was. She challenges my orders. She prefers tug-of-war to fetch. Carly is an alpha dog. She wants to take the lead and be the boss. I know what I do is done to keep her safe. She does not know this. With Carly it is a constant contest to see whose persistence wins.

I loved Emma, and I love Carly, dearly. Emma was easy, she came when I called. She stayed when I commanded it. She would sit, lay down and play fetch. Emma never had a problem giving me the ball. Carly wants to make everything into tug-of-war. Actually it's more like a tug of wills. Carly is a loving and good dog, she is just different than Emma.

Carly

Emma or Carly

Am I an Emma? Am I ready and eager to do what God says? Am I willing to follow God's path for my life? Can I love God as a dog loves its owner? Will I love God and trust in him no matter where my path takes me? This is probably one of the hardest tasks in life. No more second guessing, no more wondering, just always doing what He shows me. I want to say yes, I do all this. The truth is I do not always do these things.

Does that mean I am a Carly? Do I second guess God? Do I want to please Him, but also want to do things my way? Do I tell myself that if I went my own way, life would get better? Did I forget to ask for guidance at the forks in my road of life? I would like to say no, but I do and I did.

Am I an Emma or a Carly to God. Do I try to constantly please Him? Or is it a challenge to follow His way? I think I am a mix of the two. Sometimes it seems all I want to do is please God. Other times, I challenge Him. I want to go my own way.

God's Way Is Better

I'm here to tell you, God's way is better. It may be scary and seem illogical, but it is still better than I can do for myself. God takes better care of me than I can ever take care of my dogs. God gives me the leeway to do what I want. And, when I go my own way, God gently guides me back.

Thought For The Day

Have you ever had a dog that you just could not train? For whatever reason, you have had your fill of this dog. Now you will bring it to the pound, or maybe drop it at a farm.

God never feels this way about you. God loves you when you mess up the first time. God still loves you when you mess up the 100th time. God's love for you is forever.

God loves you no matter what type of dog you are. God loves you if you listen and learn easily. God loves you if you are stubborn. God loves you if you think your way is best. And, God will be with you no matter where you go.

What Type Of Dog Are You?

What type of dog are you to the Lord?

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    • k@ri profile imageAUTHOR

      Kari Poulsen 

      9 months ago from Ohio

      Thank you, Patricia! I agree, I am so blessed. I consider myself very lucky to know God and to know that he is working in my favor, no matter what life brings.

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      Patricia Scott 

      9 months ago from sunny Florida

      Point well made. I feel so blessed to know that no matter what type of dog I am for him He will continue to mold me and shape me into an even better one. Angels are on the way to you today ps

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      Kari Poulsen 

      9 months ago from Ohio

      Thank you very much, Dora! I thank the Lord everyday that he is making me into the me I should be. It's not always easy, I guess cause I'm a Carly at times. But, I still thank Him because I know He loves me. :)

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      Dora Weithers 

      9 months ago from The Caribbean

      Great object lessons from your dogs. You made the message very clear that God loves us no matter our type and can guide us into becoming what He designed us to be. Thank you and thank God!

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      Kari Poulsen 

      9 months ago from Ohio

      Eric, Thank you very much! I believe our Master is love, it says so several times in the Bible. I worry because people may not think that love is for them, or they have to earn it. I wish they knew that the love is already there. :)

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      Kari Poulsen 

      9 months ago from Ohio

      Linda, She is a beautiful dog, isn't she? Her personality is so goofy, which I love. She loves to make me laugh. :)

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      Kari Poulsen 

      9 months ago from Ohio

      Jackie, It will be a joyous time, won't it. I cannot wait to see some of my pets who have passed. Some were my best friends. :)

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      Kari Poulsen 

      9 months ago from Ohio

      Genna, Thank you so much for your kind words. I, too, am a mix. I also believe dogs are a gift from God. :)

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      Kari Poulsen 

      9 months ago from Ohio

      Louise, Thank you for reading and commenting. I really love Carly also, even though she is so different from Emma. :)

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      Eric Dierker 

      9 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Really a wonderful way to convey the love of our Master. Thank you. I am glad I saved this for Sunday.

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      Linda Crampton 

      9 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I love the photos of your dogs and the video of Carly and her stick. Thank you for sharing them, Kari. Dogs are wonderful animals.

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      Jackie 

      9 months ago

      Wow what a reunion that would be to see all my pets again in Heaven! I had one with me almost twenty years here on earth!

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      Genna East 

      9 months ago

      I loved the title, Kari, it really drew me in. And you posed an interesting question. I honestly don't know which kind of dog I am more like -- probably a mutt, or an interesting mix. One of God's gifts to us are our dogs -- those we love and who love us unconditionally. Thanks for this lovely hub.

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      Louise Powles 

      9 months ago from Norfolk, England

      Carly is a beautiful dog. I've got a Jack Russell and love him very much. I love the video of Carly.

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      Kari Poulsen 

      9 months ago from Ohio

      FlourishAnyway, I currently live with my daughter and she says no more pets. But that doesn't mean I can't send her pictures of cats needing adoption, lol. Thanks for the offer.

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      Kari Poulsen 

      9 months ago from Ohio

      Jo, God does love us all. I admit, I think I may be a challenge at times, but I'm trying to learn. Thank the Lord that he loves me in my imperfection!

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      FlourishAnyway 

      9 months ago from USA

      k@ri - I could fix your catlessness. Too bad you don't live closer! Just kidding. Love that doggie!

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      Kari Poulsen 

      9 months ago from Ohio

      Nell, I love that! It is so true. Thanks for the smile!

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      Kari Poulsen 

      9 months ago from Ohio

      Thank you, Bill, for your kind comment. It was something that came to me while reading my Bible.

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      Kari Poulsen 

      9 months ago from Ohio

      charlie, Thank you for reading and commenting. You hit it on the head, what I'm really asking is what type of disciple are we for God. I just used dogs as a metaphor.

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      Kari Poulsen 

      9 months ago from Ohio

      Jackie, I wish I could be as loyal and obedient as Emma. But, I think I am more like Carly. I do try though. I'm sure God loves animals, and I'm sure I will reunite with mine someday.

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      Kari Poulsen 

      9 months ago from Ohio

      FlourishAnyway, Thank you! I do not have any cats at the moment, and I miss them greatly. Funny that I have a dog, being a more a cat person. This is the first time I've spent over a year without a cat.

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      Jo Miller 

      9 months ago from Tennessee

      I'm glad you can love your dogs for their uniqueness, and I agree with you that God loves each of us like that. We must all be a little frustrating sometimes.

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      Nell Rose 

      9 months ago from England

      I always say dog is just another word for god back to front. Because both are loyal and loving.

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      Bill Holland 

      9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      The title had my attention immediately. Unlike Charlie, I found this approach to the question of faith to be very interesting.

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      charlie 

      9 months ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth in between the oceans

      I am not a dog for God or anyone. Dog are are not a good thing in scripture, even though we love dogs and they are intelligent companions they are not something a disciple of Christ is wanting to be. The real question is what kind of a disciple of Christ are you?

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      9 months ago from The Beautiful South

      We should all be as loyal and obedient as our dogs, huh? God love animals too I am so sure...since he made them too. Without even written instruction.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      9 months ago from USA

      Carly’s beautiful and she is so lucky to have someone who loves her just the way she is. I don’t have any dogs but I do have cats, some with disabilities and most who are recovering ferals. I love them immensely for their unique qualities, even the not so good qualities.

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