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Find joy in the everyday
By Dawne Cooper, Jubilee Church Wirral
I’m sure a lot of you will be aware that I have two dogs that are, shall we say, complete opposites of each other.
Today I want to tell you a bit about little Floki doke and what we can learn from him.
Floki is originally from Macedonia. Unfortunately as a young puppy, he was run over leaving him with very significant injuries, a big one being brain damage. I was asked to foster Floki while his legs were fixed, but it soon became very apparent how special this little boy was, so I adopted him.
Floki’s brain damage affects him in a number of ways. He walks very strangely (think legs going every way except the way they’re meant to). Does this mean he doesn’t want to go on walks? No, quite the opposite! He does a tippy tippy dance waiting to get his splints on and then is raring to go.
Then there’s his lack of depth perception. Does this mean he won’t go up and down stairs? No! He will stand at the bottom of the stairs and after the count of 3 he will run up enthusiastically.
Next we have his poor muscle mass and poor exercise tolerance. Again he doesn’t stop this from letting him enjoy his walks. He comes out in his little truck and will jump in and out as he needs to, or just simply enjoys watching the world go by as he’s pushed around in said truck.
As I thought about Floki and how he lives his life, I was drawn to two verses in particular in the Bible.
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,” James 1:2
Floki meets numerous trials on a daily basis, but he doesn’t let this stop him from enjoying life and always being happy. Similarly, we will face various trials and challenges frequently. It’s up to us how we respond to these. Do we let them stop us doing things in the future? Do we let them make us turn bitter? Or do we count it as joy?
The next one is this:
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
1 Thessalonians 5:18
Again, looking at Floki, he had the roughest start to life and, as you’ve read a small amount about, you can see things can be tough for him. But one thing I’ve noticed is that he is always happy, no matter how rough things are for him. He’s always there with a waggy tail for you, and a snuggle up to you, even if I have taken him to the vet for the umpteenth time.
It is such a big challenge for us to give thanks in ALL circumstances.
When I am struggling with this, I like to remember what the back of any needlework I’m doing looks like, how it looks such a mess. Yet when you turn it over, it’s the most beautiful image. Likewise, we don’t see the bigger picture, just the mess on the back, and this is where trusting God comes in, of how all the troubles, trials and circumstances fit together into His amazing plan.
So, are you going to approach life with Floki doke’s enthusiasm, joy and exuberance?
If you struggle with this, ask God to help you find the joy in the everyday.
Dawne Cooper of Jubilee Church Wirral
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