A Three Legged Dog Day

God speaks to me – sometimes He uses happenstance to do it.

I was riding my mountain-bike up and down my usual route outside the East University gate along a recently newly cemented road through the local farms. On a hill I saw a three legged dog hobbling towards me and I felt a moment of compassion and then I asked God to give me a message. I’m not sure if I asked for the message before I saw the dog or not. I wasn’t feeling particularly good this day because of something that had gone on the day before. Well nothing particularly useful occurred to my mind so I kept biking up to where I usually take a break – on a cut down tree laying on the side of the road.

Finally I was listening. A three legged dog is not designed that way – it just functions in spite of its disability and surprisingly it over functions because it is carrying a full sized dog on a poor geometry. I am a 100 percent efficient design that often functions at 75% or less because I am human – damaged goods. I often carry around a huge amount of unnecessary emotional baggage that impedes my ability to perform well. And when I say perform I mean in a spiritually beneficial way to myself and others.  But in spite of my damage, I can still bless one soul by doing one good deed this day – which is eternal in nature. That is a Three Legged Dog Day.



About jimd

Christian, ESL teacher, retired computer programmer, former US Army soldier, former Peace Corps Volunteer. Like to paint, build and fly rc airplanes, play guitar, ride unicycle, juggle, and hang out with my university students. Am currently residing in a foreign country but I do love America.
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