"Making Up Our Mind" - - by Rev. Weldon Bares


I have had Max for almost two years now. He is a rescue dog from the Humane Society. Max is one of the most laid-back, relaxed dogs I have ever seen. He sure is a faithful buddy.

But there is one thing. He does it every time. When I take him out on his leash to do his business, he has to scout around for just the right place. The mailbox? No, not today. The garbage can? No, I don’t think so. The light pole? Nope. Fire hydrant? Nyet. Surely the small bush by the street? Yes, score!

Once he has found an acceptable place, he sniffs and then goes around in circles a few times, like he is still making up his mind, weighing the pros and cons of this particular spot.

I usually end up saying, “Hey, Max, let’s go. Come on. We don’t have all day for this.”

I just wonder, do you ever have a little trouble making up your mind? Do you find yourself going around in circles? There is something to be said about making a decision and then sticking with it.

The words of Joshua in the Old Testament are powerful. “Decide this day whom you will serve . . .” (Joshua 24:15)

To use the old expression, we eventually have to “fish or cut bait.” The day of choosing comes to each of us.

But I just don’t know if Max will ever get that. As they say, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks . . . “ But maybe there is hope for us.

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