My friend Bridget is hosting the One Word Blog Carnival, and this week's word in strength.
Strength. Did you ever notice how people who truly possess strength are peaceful? They know they are strong. They don't need to bluster and bluff. I'm not really a dog person (allergies), but I'm going to compare this tendency to dogs. Please don't be offended. While man was made in His image, dogs certainly are loyal creatures, a trait I highly admire. I truly mean nothing pejorative in this comparison.
Anyways, little dogs start yipping the moment you get near them or their masters. But big dogs (unless trained otherwise), seem to be more likely to mosey up to you, sniff your hands and feet, and access whether their is any danger or not. (Those of you who have big barky dogs, sorry if I over generalize.)
As for me, what kind of dog am I? By appearance, one would think I'm a big dog. I look like I could hurt any man or woman just by tripping and landing on them. But inside, I know my bark is worse than my bite. I'd threaten pulverization in the hopes that I don't have to do anything. I'm a yippy dog.
What do I need to do about it? Am I truly without strength? As a Christian, I'd have to say that my problem isn't so much lack of strength (as His daughter, I have His attention and those of His angels He sends to watch over me), but that I forget where my strength comes from. It does not come from within, unless by within you mean that as a temple of the Holy Spirit, He is within me... Which, come to think of it, He is! I should be the peaceful pup sniffing around and ready to do my Master's bidding, rather than a yippy pup pretending she can protect herself or anyone else.
When I was part of a Charismatic Prayer Group, one of my favorite songs to sing was "The Joy of the Lord is My Strength". We sung it with less people, but I hope equal enthusiasm as the people in the video. When we are walking with Him, we can be peaceful as opposed to yippy.
My apologies if my post is all over the place today. I need to get ready for work now.