“Bark Less, Wag More”…
That’s what the bumper sticker said that I saw driving down the road today, and it just stuck with me.
First, it made me think of this guy (see picture) that we love so much, our dog Jessie. Despite being neglected by Paul and I with the more children that we have, he rarely barks but wags his tail ALL the time. Second, what if we as Christ followers were more this way? What if instead of complaining or pushing our own agendas, we rejoiced in Christ and praised others more than ourselves?
These thoughts correlated so perfectly to what God was using to convict my heart this morning (Don’t you love how He does that for stubborn people like me?) in Philippians 3. All of my gains, I consider a loss for the sake of Christ. Perhaps if I lived his, I would not seek justice for myself, nor would I yell to get my point across when my husband was speaking over me. Yup, that is what happened this morning over something so stupid. Yet, it was very important to me in the moment, and I wanted to prove MY point.
Oh, how I want to be like Christ EVEN when it is uncomfortable. Oh, how I want to stand for Christ at ALL times and not stand for Shannon. For I can do nothing apart from Him. (John 15:5)
But ya’ll, I struggle. I do not always trust easily, I defend my own rights, and I yell to be heard when I deem it appropriate (which it never is). So, what am I going to do? Well, I am getting serious and praying about putting my full confidence in Christ ALL the time and DAILY—not just when it is convenient or my circumstances are easy but especially when my circumstances are difficult or unpredictable and when it is extremely inconvenient. For when circumstances are difficult or inconvenient, I can and should be abiding in His strength and peace. For when I am weak, then HE is strong. (2 Corinthians 12:10) If Jesus is truly MY confidence, then He is not only my strength but is also my peace and my eternal hope. And THAT, I can rest in.
So, may I rejoice in Him instead of stressing or complaining. And may I be more like Jessie and wag more than I bark. 😊
Lord, give us hearts that rejoice in You and fully rely on You even when life seems overwhelming. Remind us of Your peace and renew our joy in You that we may remain calm as we keep our eyes on You. For you are our eternal hope, and we can hope in You even when we don’t understand the now. Humble us, Lord, and mold us into Your image. May we live to glorify You alone and not ourselves. Amen.