As an official member of the ‘Empty-Nester Club’ I’ve gotten used to my routines and habits without the pitter patter of little feet running through the house (well, at least until he became a teenager, not sure those size 11’s pitter-pattered much in those last years). I can honestly say that over the last few years I’ve enjoyed my ‘alone time’ immensely.
Last month my husband and I decided to do something we had talked about off and on for years. We finally took the plunge and bought a puppy! This little brown ball of fur has completely stolen our hearts, and to be honest, I can’t remember a time when he wasn’t a part of our lives. In fact, my routines and habits have been thrown out the window and I can now honestly say that my ‘alone time’ was truly just that, time spent alone.
It’s amazing how quickly little Buddy has cemented himself in our lives, and his constant companionship has brought new joy and meaning to my life.
This Christmas, I am reminded that my life is about more than just myself. Life is more than just my routines and my habits, it’s more than doing what I want to do when I want to do it because others depend on me. Having Buddy in my life has shown me that to be more Christ-like means that I need to not only think about others, but I must show others what it means to have Christ in my life…in my speech and in my actions.
Just as Buddy depends on me, I depend on Christ, and part of that dependence means that I show others that we were not meant to spend life alone.
“I (Jesus) no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.” John 14:15
Blessings, Kathy W.