We sure seem to be talking about dogs and pets a lot but they are so important in our lives and they do teach us some wonderful lessons.
My cousin bought a beautiful little bulldog for her son. Her name was Chloe. Chloe seemed in good health at first but around 1 1/2 years old, I believe, a heart problem was detected. She couldn't run without getting very out of breath and her little tongue would turn blue. The vet told my cousin that Chloe would probably die within six months.
Chloe continued to be right in the center of all the activities at home, even though she had so much trouble breathing. She played with my cousin's son and his friends, played with the other dogs in the family, and was the greatest companion to my cousin.
Chloe died on Friday. We were at my cousin's home last Sunday for the Memorial Day holiday and Chloe was the first at the door to greet us. She looked the same as she always had and she didn't miss a thing. She had a wonderful time with all the people there and really enjoyed begging at the dinner table!
Lessons. Chloe struggled moment by moment. I can't imagine what it would be like not to be able to breathe efficiently. Chloe knew...and she just kept living her life to the very best of her ability. She was right there when my cousin had surgery, she was one of the "doorbells" at my cousin's home, she was full of love and passed it around generously, and she was very happy in spite of her health. Lessons. Chloe was four years old when she died. That, in itself, was amazing with the heart condition she had. Can animals have positive attitudes? Somehow I think so. Chloe was a wonderful example of that!
God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7