Saturday, July 2, 2011

That's the Way We've Always Done It

We’ve had our dog, Charlie, two months. As he was getting used to us and our house, he repeatedly lay in a corner between the living room and kitchen/dining area. Since that seemed to be his chosen spot, I got an old blanket and placed it there. That became Charlie’s corner.

This past weekend, he was being cared for by a friend, Lynn, while we were out of town for a few days. Our first night away, we received a message from Lynn relating an incident with Charlie. She was to bring Charlie in from the yard, feed him and put him in the laundry room for the night. Wanting to make him feel as comfortable as possible in the laundry room, she placed his blanket on top of the rug in there.

Charlie instantly grabbed hold of a corner of the blanket and dragged it back to its proper spot in his corner. She had to really work with him to get him to accept the blanket in its new spot for the night.

I’ve seen so many people just like Charlie. The phrase that’s the way we’ve always done it seems to be their mantra. No matter that the new way may be better … even more comforting … they consistently drag their blanket back to its proper place in their corner. That attitude can destroy relationships, businesses and churches.

Is someone gently trying to move your blanket? Are you going to let them?

“Fools think their own way is right, but the wise listen to others.” Proverbs 12:15 (NLT)


  1. Wow did I ever see myself in Charlie! What a wonderful message!

  2. Oh, boy--how true is that! And yet, it made me smile to envision Charlie dragging his blanket back to the old place. I'm praying I can make God smile from time to time with my foolishness!

  3. What a great picture of those times when we dig in our heels afraid of change when God is trying to give us something better - like a sweet friend trying to pamper Charlie. I'll remember this snapshot. Thanks!

  4. LOVE this word picture, Joy. One I DEFINITELY need. I'm a major creature of habit. Need to let folks move my blanket sometimes.

  5. Thanks so much for your kind thoughts. I've been known to drag my blanket back too.

  6. Thanks, Joy! You've given me lots of food for thought! Hugs!

  7. Wow...I think the older I get, the more I am like Charlie with regards to the church. It seems to be changing more and more and I don't always like it, nor see the good reasoning behind it. Maybe I will change my name!

  8. God always knows best, doesn't He? And yet, we creatures of habit so often resist His wisdom. Change is always good, as long as it comes from Him!
    Great post, Joy~ I loved the visual of Charlie and his blanket!

  9. Yep, excellent visual there, Joy. I can just hear Charlie's faint and stubborn growl... something that comes out of my mouth and heart far too often. Great post!



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