Tuesday, April 21, 2009

A View of the Heart

I mentioned yesterday that our sweet pup got sick on Sunday evening. He started with a wheeze/gag/reverse cough combo symptom that was very pitiful to hear. Of course, it was the weekend and we went back and forth as to whether to take him to the all-night emergency clinic but finally decided we should. The doctor there informed us that Rascal has a heart murmur....news to us! This was so upsetting for Hubbie and I as our last dog had the very same coughing gag before he died from heart murmur complications.


As if he wasn't spoiled already, once we learned of the murmur...goodness, did we pamper our under-the-weather pooch!! He even slept in our bed with us last night - a first...and had chicken broth over his food this morning - definitely another first!! We had to visit our own veterinarian this morning and the medicine he gave him has made Rascal so lethargic. Poor little pup.


Anyways...as I was holding him this morning (quite sleepy myself after a long night), I had this thought. Funny how we treated him differently after we knew of his heart......and shouldn't that be my attitude toward those I meet each day....people whose hearts are not only sinfully in need of a Savior - but also hurting, broken, bitter and in despair. If I would really take the time to "notice the heart", surely it would affect they way I acted, reacted and treated people.
Later...in my Bible reading today, I came across Mark 6:34
And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things.
I pray God will help me be more quick to "see" people hearts...and to see with compassion.

10 comments:

  1. What a beautiful post. I'm sorry about your dog and hope the medicine begins to work quickly.

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  2. Awww...poor Rascal! I feel so badly for him...for you, too! I hope he starts perking up real soon! I know he's in good hands!

    I always love how you can take an ordinary event that's so easy to overlook and find a lesson in it to share. You did a great job today! Yes, we all need to look at other's hearts FIRST and foremost!

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  3. Enjoyed this post. I am a doggie lover and wish all doggies had loving masters like you. They teach us such spiritual truths, that I even wrote a book for children. Please take a look at my doggie blog - fromthepoundtothepalace.blogspot.com. Enjoy! Hope poochie feel chirpie really soon!

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  4. I, too, love how you find lessons in the everyday events to share with us! If we all looked a little more closely at people's hearts, what a different world we would live in! Thank you for the encouraging reminder!

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  5. I'm so sorry to hear about your sweet little Rascal! I love the way you turned this into a very important lesson and reminder to us though.

    Hope you have a blessed day!

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  6. That was incredible, Jennifer. At first I was all wrapped up in Rascal's story (and I hope he's all better soon). But the connection that you made is especially pertinent to me right now. Whenever I take the time to talk to people, they seem especially willing to open up and let me see "behind the curtain", to witness the pain and destruction going on in their lives and hearts. And I DO treat them differently once I know; I just never put two and two together to realize that I need to go ahead and treat everyone the same way. Check out my Titus2 Tuesday post today to read about another woman who makes the same kind of connections as you! Blessings...

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  7. aww i hope he starts to heal quickly. poor guy.

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  8. Awww, so sorry to hear about your dog. I hope he gets better soon.

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  9. I hope the little one is better soon. Isn't it amazing how God can teach us some needful lessons. You are exactly right. I sometime treat people according to the circumstances of the moment, rather than always having compassion for a world that needs Jesus. Thanks for the reminder. Jackie

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  10. Beautiful post!

    I'm sorry to hear about your dog. I hope that he's feeling better soon. Thanks for using this as an encouragement for the rest of us. Great analogy!

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