How do you ever get them all to behave so well? This is a question which we are frequently asked when others see us travelling with our dogs. Having nine does make for some interesting moments and conversation, that's for sure. The key to their behaviour, however, stems mainly from one thing: consistency. Day after day, night after night, consistency works wonders. Why? Because day by day, it re-enforces to our family of dogs that we love them, that we are faithful, and that we can be trusted to do what is right by them. Consistency in our behaviour promotes consistency in their behaviour. Thus, their behaviour ultimately becomes a testimony of our behaviour toward them.
Psalm 19:1-2 – The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. (NIV)
God is always consistent. He can be counted on at all times every day in every way. Such faithful consistency, when realized for what it is, cannot help but promote an environment conducive to the growth of trust, loyalty, obedience, and love in those who embrace the glory of His existence and great love for mankind revealed through His Son Jesus Christ. These qualities, in turn, are perhaps the greatest witness that we, as Christians, can have within society. For when others with whom we work and live and play experience consistent, godly behaviour toward them in our lives, the testimony of such behaviour cannot help but reveal to them the testimony of God's love toward all mankind.
Prayer: Father God, today, may each of us be that silent witness to Your consistent faithfulness and love toward mankind, through the consistency of godly behaviour on our part toward all those with whom we live and work and play. Amen.
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