Sometimes it takes a while. This has been my thought of late especially in relation to my dogs. Because we bought a new goldendoodle puppy, our life has been disrupted. Cooper, the puppy, is already nine months old and about forty-five pounds. For about seven months he has been a source of joy and frustration. For one member of our family, Chloe, our nine-year-old shih tzu, she was not a fan of the new edition. For months she acted out because with the arrival of Cooper, it triggered some aggression that dated back to her puppyhood. Basically, she detested Cooper.
Sometimes it takes a while. Now, things are different. Cooper and Chloe are the best of friends. They lay next to each other, they play with each other, they are affectionate towards each other. Because Cooper is a puppy, he injects his playful energy which now has rejuvenated Chloe. It is fun to watch them play. Nonetheless, our house is more peaceful, at least as peaceful as a three-dog home can be.
Sometimes it takes a while. As I reflect on the changes in my pets, I see comparisons with how people treat each other. Normally, when there is a change in one’s environment, people are quick to act out of fear, believing the worst. People become protective, flight/fight mentality kicks in, and people act out accordingly. Yet, if one will engage the perceived foe, often for a period of time, those fears subside. Take loving others as an example. If we can engage others around us, even those we think are impossible to love, over time our preconceived opinions are often inaccurate or misguided. Chloe and Cooper had to “learn” each other, spend time with each other. At first, opposition then toleration and eventually affection. With people, it might be a little different, but I think you get the picture. Sometimes it takes a while.
This week’s readings:
Monday – 2 Timothy 1
Tuesday – 2 Timothy 2
Wednesday – 2 Timothy 3
Thursday – 2 Timothy 4
Friday – Titus 1
Please Pray for:
Our ministers and their families.
Those who are unwillingly absent.
The United Methodist Church family.
Our nation and our leaders.
The Lives of those touched by the Coronavirus.