Daisy was my dog.
August 18th is Daisy’s birthday. It reminded me of that goofy little beagle that adored me. We had to put her to sleep a few years ago.
We don’t think of dogs as having the same possibilities of developmental delays or disabilities as humans, but I’m convinced that Daisy had some doggie special needs or something. She didn’t have the highest IQ, but she was incredibly sweet. She knew no strangers. She lived to make us happy. When we were mad at her she was usually confused. God love her, that dog could be dumb. She would have played in traffic if I ever let her off the leash. In fact, though she usually got let out in the back yard, on the occasions that I did take her for a walk by the road, I had to make sure our Extend-O-leash was locked in its shortest setting, because she would lunge after moving cars.
I think God must feel the same way about me sometimes. “Boy, that Ed, he’s so nice, but man he is dumb. Can’t let him off the short leash. He’d just go get himself hurt.” I’ve remarked in earlier posts how God has been so faithful to us in ways financial and otherwise and is teaching us to rely on Him, but how short the leash seems to be sometimes. As I reflect on our time with Daisy, I’m starting to get why that might be.
For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. – 1 Timothy 6:10
And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9a
We’ve been through Financial Peace University, and we’re farther along than many folks in the road to financial maturity, but we still have a lot to learn about being the stewards of our financial resources that God wants us to be. We have to learn and practice perpetual restraint. We have to have that gazelle intensity Dave Ramsey talks about. We have to avoid those weak moments that lead to the Target Two Hundred*. (You know the Target Two-Hundred… it’s related to the Wal-Mart What-Just-Happened… you go in for a couple of things and walk out with $200 worth of stuff you “needed” at the time, but probably could have gone without).
Until we grow our self-restraint, we’re at risk of “playing in traffic” and chasing those cars that are so dangerous to us if He gives us a longer financial leash. It would be better for us to be continually reliant on Him financially our whole lives than wander away from the faith or pierce ourselves with many griefs. I’ll take my one talent and be grateful, and do my best with it to show I can be entrusted with more.