Years ago Fighting Bob Shuler wrote a book titled, Some Dogs I have Known. Bob used stories of dogs he had known over the years, and typed their actions and reactions to human situations, and pointed out that dogs often have more common sense than humans. It was a humbling read when you recall that being dubbed a “dumb dog” is an ancient slam. The phrase came back into prominence when I was in school.
Bob wrote of the loyalty and courageous tenacity of Airedales, the slobbering love of Boxers and, among others, the steel like inner power of an English Bulldog. Seems each morning the Bulldog would escape its boundary and stroll down a Los Angeles street. While on his morning romp two tiny Chihuahuas would run alongside him, barking, nipping at his feet and other annoyances. The Bulldog could have paused and swallowed his tormentors in one gulp. He didn’t. He simply continued his stroll with all the majesty commonly attributed to his breed.
Dr. Shuler pointed out that, as Christians, we are of royal blood and therefore should not get off track placating annoyances brought on by the Chihuahuas of life, the critics. Simply continue our walk with His Utmost Royal Majesty, Jesus Christ.
Zig Ziglar said, “Don’t be distracted by criticism. Remember, the only taste of success some people have is when they take a bite out of you.”
“Set our face like a flint…”
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