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The Herding Dog

Then Jesus said to his disciples, "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me."  Matthew 16:24 NIV

It didn’t take me long to determine Margeaux was in charge.

When my friend goes out of town, I often watch her rescued Russian sheepdog, and she has no problem telling me she is in charge.

A sheepdog's instinct is to herd animals. In the absence of animals, they will herd people. So, whenever Margeaux comes to visit, she follows me from room to room, nudging me along with her nose to follow her. When I don't follow her lead, she either taps me with her paw or barks at me until I stop whatever I'm doing and follow her.

When it comes to Jesus, He is like that insistent dog. He fervently encouraged His disciples to follow Him. He does the same for us.

Once Jesus is in our life, He convicts us and doesn't give up on us until we follow Him. Some may be too busy with other things to follow the Lord. Others may be stubborn or somehow resistant. Most like their lives just as they are, and change is hard. But God will change us when we choose to follow Him.

God pursues you because He loves you. Follow Him.

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Gina Napoli

Gina Napoli lives in Harrisburg, PA, and is author of Clunk on the Head: How the Holy Spirit Got Our Attention. She has also been published in Highlights for Children, Pockets, Guardian Angel Kids, Hopscotch, and Humpty Dumpty. She publishes articles regularly in two regional publications: The Burg and Business Woman. She also publishes in the state-wide online magazine, Keystone Edge. Her writing is featured in two book anthologies: A Community of Writers and Bitter Sweet. Two hundred of her pieces appear in almost sixty different print and electronic media venues.