Fresh Hope – Day 228

I’ve just got back from the dog cutters.

Not me personally, I should add…I was accompanying our new dog – Percy.

We’ve re-housed Percy, after he wasn’t get along too well at the previous family’s home that had had him since he was a puppy.

He was just eight months old when we decided to take him in a few weeks ago and he’s become a most welcome addition to our family.

Unfortunately, his coat has grown long and because we didn’t know how to brush him properly, he’s developed quite a few knots, suffice to say that after two hours at the dog cutters, he’s come home looking like a sheared little lamb.

I asked the dog cutter how best to keep his coat from getting knotted again; she showed me a special brush and said that we needed to use it every two days.  ‘Once the knots develop’, she said, ‘there’s no way back apart from having him cut very short again.’

It’s amazing what you can learn from a dog and today’s trip was no exception.

Keeping well groomed relationships will definitely keep you from getting into a tangle with no way back.

Here are a few healthy relationship pointers…and by the way, I’m still a novice and therefore learning too…

  • Comb out any issues that you know will become irreversible knots if you don’t address them.
  • Relationships take time and effort, to keep them healthy and happy.
  • Tangled and complicated issues don’t get better but worse, if left by themselves.
  • Have difficult conversations that need to be had, no matter how painful, in order to prevent further knots.
  • Don’t let things fester – the longer you leave them, the worse they become.
  • Don’t wait until things get so bad that the only way forward is to go back to square one all over again.
  • Daily love, care and attention may feel like hard work with some people at times, but the pay back is massive.
  • Don’t just wait for a crisis – start brushing now.

Colossians 3:12-14 ‘Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.’

Pastor Mark

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