Who is your Al­pha?

The Covington News - - Religion -

I’m an obe­di­ence school dropout. I know, we prob­a­bly should have stuck it out, but our 6month-old dachs­hund, af­fec­tion­ately named Dip­stick, just wasn’t ready.

Her en­thu­si­asm was never the is­sue. She couldn’t wait to scram­ble through the park­ing lot to get to class. The prob­lem was with co­op­er­a­tion. The in­struc­tor told us that the first thing that we needed to es­tab­lish was lead­er­ship with our pet. Weekly classes in­volved ac­tiv­i­ties es­tab­lish­ing our role as the “Al­pha.”

It’s not as easy as it sounds. In­stead of qui­etly sub­mit­ting to me as I held her in my arms, she squirmed and knocked chairs down. When oth­ers would sit and wait for a treat near their nose, my four-legged friend would dig in my pocket for more. Oc­ca­sion­ally, she would for­get that she wanted to be a puppy and would ac­tu­ally sit or stay. Most of the time, how­ever, it was a wrestling match. I’m sure that we were a sight to be­hold: Me, a grown fortysome­thing woman with a foot in a cast and her, a four­teen pound furry tail-wag­ging won­der.

I prom­ise. We re­ally did do our home­work. We prac­ticed. I re­warded ap­pro­pri­ate be­hav­ior. But, she sim­ply didn’t want to sub­mit to any­one yet.

Then, it dawned on me. Some­times, no mat­ter how much we lead some­one, they will not trust in God un­til they are ready. I found true peace when I re­al­ized that God is my Al­pha. I can com­pletely trust in him to lead me, teach me and sup­ply all of my needs. Fol­low­ing his will does not di­min­ish my iden­tity, it re­veals who I am.

Un­like my pooch, I will choose to lie in his arms and fol­low his voice.

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