A Barking Dog

I recall, several years ago, a little daschund we had called Taffy.
One morning Linda and I were having our coffee on the front porch when suddenly Taffy jumped up, started barking, and ran around the corner of the house.
The two Chihuahuas jumped up also, began barking, and followed her.
I thought that perhaps she spotted some deer so I ran around the corner of the house too, only to see nothing.
I heard the dogs coming around the other side of the house back to the front porch so I returned to my chair.
Then one of the Chihuahuas returned to the porch while the other two continued to run and bark in the woods.
Eventually the other Chihuahua returned and about five minutes later the daschund came back.
What was it all about?
Taffy had a habit of barking at nothing and getting the other two started.
If she ran, they ran.
It was all a deception.
It reminds me of how people are like this.
Paul said, “They learn to be idle , wandering about from house to house, and not only idle but also gossips and busybodies, saying things which they ought not.” 1 Tim 5:13
Have you noticed how people will say things like, “Well I heard that . . .” and they don’t know where they heard it from?
It’s like a dog barking and saying, “Hey, I heard something around the house. Let’s go check it out!”
I like to check out sources before opening my mouth.
When we listen to the tales of others and take it as the truth, without knowing absolutely, then we become like the Chihuahua’s, barking at nothing because another dog is barking at nothing. (Luke 6:39-Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into the ditch?)
When we don’t know what we are talking about, when we spread what we’ve only heard, then we destroy people, like three excited dogs getting me to follow them to see nothing. (Prov 11:9-The hypocrite with his mouth destroys his neighbor.)
If the two Chihuahua’s would have ever learned that Taffy did that all the time and just lay around while she runs around in circles, then it wouldn’t have been long before Taffy would have given up.
Kind of like people isn’t it?
If we would learn to ignore hearsay and the one that brings it then the proverb would be true, where there is no wood, the fire goes out; and where there is no talebearer, strife ceases. Prov 26:20
Each of us need to watch what we say and how we say it.
Let’s not be a like a dog barking at nothing.

One thought on “A Barking Dog

  1. Seems I remember this passage”They learn to be idle , wandering about from house to house, and not only idle but also gossips and busybodies, saying things which they ought not.” talking about widows, but I know we men do it too. just saying. LOLOLOL but I STILL love you

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