Leashes - check.
Collars snapped - check.
Squeaky toy in hand - check.
Every morning we head out with a purpose. We hit the trail with our goal in mind. The dogs know they have business to do. Along the way, they can easily get distracted. Whether it's squirrels, deer, new smells, birds, or a stick they think they just have to have, they lose focus. They lose sight of what we set out to do.
Does this happen to you? Do you get frustrated that your dog is easily distracted when it's time to take them to the bathroom?
Here's some great info about training them to stay focused on their business. This article even shares two reasons why it's sometimes difficult to train. But, she offers some great advice and training tips!
Back to our story...
Sometimes, when they get so distracted, I have to provide correction to keep them on track and remind them of why we are outside. They need to remember their purpose for coming on this walk.
I know exactly how long I'm going to stay out there. I know when that time will come to an end. There are times throughout our walk that I'm slow to end it. I mercifully allow them more time, being patient,
However, there comes a point when it's time. It's too late.
The time is up.
They missed their opportunity.
Let's forget about the dogs for a second. What a comparison this is to us and our own Master, God! He has given us a purpose (Matthew 28:18-20) and we get so distracted by things in this world that we forget what we came to do. We're too busy trying to get the next big thing that we find ourselves chasing things that are far from God.
As a loving Father, He provides correction, bringing us back to His path, reminding us of our purpose. But there will come a time, when His mercy stops. Those that refuse to listen to His voice, those who refuse to repent and surrender to Him, will no longer have that opportunity.
Time will be up.
They will have missed their opportunity.
Is this you?
Are you too busy chasing the things of this world and running after every distraction that you're missing the voice of the Lord? He's calling. Ready to welcome you with open arms and forgiveness.
If I have any advice for you, it's this:
Don't wait. Run to the Lord today.
The only regret I have about trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ as my Savior is that I didn't do it sooner.