I’m always amazed at seeing good people out in the world. Sadly, I just don’t see it that often. I don’t think I’m that jaded, I just see more selfishness than selflessness. I don’t think people are evil, but we all tend to lose our focus very quickly. When we aren’t looking up, we are looking out for ourselves.
But yesterday my faith was, once again, restored in humanity. I learned a very valuable lesson. Dogs like Fried Chicken. I think I knew this already, but seeing it acted out amongst strangers was a sight to behold.
In the middle of an extremely busy town a dog got loose. Running through intersections, weaving in and out of traffic, it was obvious that both the dog and its owners were a little freaked out. At first, onlookers cringed every time he changed directions. No one wanted to see the pup get hit. Thankfully, he never did, because everyone in the immediate area seemed genuinely concerned about the safety of this animal.
Quickly, cringes turned to doors opening with people trying to catch the dog or corral him. Over 20 car doors opened trying to assist as the dog approached each car in kind. Crossing a major intersection, traffic began to back up in 4 different directions. More car doors opened. A policeman jumped out of his car and grabbed a toy he had handy. Finally, when I thought, this freaked out dog will never let anyone near him…
A lady pulled to the median, popped her trunk and shuffled through some grocery bags. A piece of warm, cooked fried chicken was in her hand and she began to wave it towards the dog. Her lunch. Most likely her families’ lunch. Someone did without that day. (or perhaps they ate less, or maybe there was another meat, but no matter how you look at it, she paid money for a meal that was better served to a dog than her family/friends).
I choked up a little at the humanity. The sacrifice. The meaning of it all. But what really brought it all home to me… in the entire ordeal… I never heard a single horn honk. No beeping. No swerving and speeding. Collectively, this community (even though strangers, still) worked as a single unit to bring this dog back to his owner and keep him safe from the dangerous streets. We all forgot about our hurried schedules and busy timelines. We just wanted to get that puppy home.
While the parallels may seem obvious, I’d like to challenge us anyway:
Some of the gifts we have been blessed with deserve to go to someone else. Perhaps even someone lesser in our eyes. Pray for guidance that we give freely of ourselves. We can do without some things. We can sacrifice a bit for the gain of others.
When we see someone lost, we need to try and help them. Even if we look silly, even if it feels inconvenient, even if we have to go out of our way… its worth it to bring someone home to the Father.
When someone else is trying to help, lets help them too. They need support, courage, prayers, love, affirmation, and confidence to continue.
When someone finds their way home, we ALL have reason to celebrate. We ALL have a stake in the game. Somewhere in your life a dog is whining. He is cold, scared, and in need of help. When you reach out, he will run. Don’t give up. We’ve got chicken. Lets get that dog home!