On Sunday, August 15th through a series of VERY unexpected phone calls & circumstances, we now have an addition here at 4998 Noble. He arrived with a name, but since he is only "one" year old [ or there-abouts ] we're changing his name. If you know us, by now you know that most would refer to this little guy as a "dog" & we are his "owners". In MG speak he is a new family member & we are his care-takers. He is the same breed as Taylor [ the "senior partner in this firm" as Taylor has told the "new kid" many times ] although the new arrival looks much more like this breed than Taylor does. [ That will change somewhat after the first professional grooming on 10/7 . ] This little guys new name is "Paulie" ,,, after Saint Paul & comes from Paul's letter to the Philippians, chapter 4, verse 11: " Now I speak in respect of want: for this I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content."
Paulie was apparently born into rather rough circumstances & ours is [ at least ] his 4th home in his young life, yet his attitude & temperament is joy-filled & exuberant. Now some might attribute that to him being young, just a "pup" so-to-speak, but not all would maintain the outlook that Paulie has, young or not so young, especially with all that he's been through. Our circumstances can take a toll on us, can't they ? Sometimes shaping us & making us into something that we neither desired nor thought at all possible, if we let them. T'is true the saying "Life will make you bitter or better ". The choice of course is up to us when all is said & done, bitter or better. Paulie has not turned bitter [ I can't speak as to whether he is "better" as I've only known him a few days ]. Each & every day he is warming up to us & trusting us more,,, God only knows what he's experienced in his young life, but whatever it might have been, it has not made him bitter.
One of my current prayers is that even if I cannot become "better' today [ & that should be the goal, right ? ] ...PLEASE don't allow me to become bitter. Sometimes that's the "best" we can do on any given day,,, not to become bitter when better doesn't appear to be an option. So first off today I will TRY to become a better me but if for some reason that seems unattainable then please, Please, PLEASE, prevent bitterness from taking over my life. In the simplest of terms... " Lord, please help me to at least be like Paulie ,,, in whatsoever state I am in, therewith to be content. " Amen? Amen.
!!! KEEP A SONG IN YOUR HEART !!!