Our dog, Buddy, is about as perfect as a dog can get. He’s cute, affectionate and low maintenance. He’s also the world’s greatest foot-warmer on cold Minnesota winter nights. There’s only one thing about Buddy that drives me crazy; he sheds. And I don’t mean just a little hair here and there. Buddy seems to shed his body weight in hair daily. How there’s any dog left at the end of the day is beyond me. Seriously, if I could figure out how to knit with his hair I could make a sweater for every Norwegian in the Midwest. You can always tell where Buddy has been because he leaves a lot of himself behind.
Truth is, we all shed. We all leave something of ourselves behind, wherever we’ve been. The question is, what are you shedding?
Last week I was at St. Mary’s Hospital at the Mayo Clinic where one of our boys was recovering from surgery. Getting onto an elevator I encountered one of the chaplains. He greeted me with a smile. He engaged me in conversation. When he heard our story he got off the elevator with me and continued to chat with me, and then prayed with me. It was as if he had all the time in the world, just for me. My heart had been heavy when I stepped on that elevator but moments later I felt so much lighter, covered in the love and peace that the chaplain left behind.
It is the nature of dogs to shed fur. It is the nature of Christ-followers to shed the love and peace of Christ wherever we go.
The gift of God is Christ in you. The question is, what are you leaving behind you?
Let this song from Geoff Moore get you thinking about what you want to leave behind. Watch it here.
Jeff Marian is lead pastor at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Burnsville, MN