A Doggone Lesson – SHUT UP CUPCAKES

When a dear friend shared with me how much she wished Cupcakes would shut up sometimes, I couldn’t help but think of how many lessons, and reminders, I have learned from God in this very manner. But before you think I’ve gone over the edge, let me explain. Cupcakes is a dog, and my friend wouldn’t mind a little more peace and quiet sometimes. After all, Cupcakes wouldn’t know what to do with herself if she stopped barking for more than a few minutes. I should know. I am the one who rescued her, and I am the one, too, who happily, gratefully, thankfully handed her off to my friend knowing I would no longer need to shout out for the umpteenth time, “SHUT UP Cupcakes!” Why is it that even with Cupcakes out of my life and happily having barked her way into my friend’s heart that I am still getting the same lesson and reminder from God?

Cupcakes new mom wouldn’t agree
 she always looks – or acts –
so incredibly sweet………..!!!

What lesson, and what reminder? Leave it to God and a little sweetheart of a tenacious anything-that-moves-chasing terrier who would love nothing more to do than bark at snakes to remind me what I believe all of us could use a good reminder in. Sometimes it’s time to bark, and sometimes it’s time to SHUT UP! My friend may be a bit tuckered out from telling Cupcakes to SHUT UP already, but how must God feel when He looks down from heaven and has watched me for 46 years open my big mouth when I should be silent? BARK. Ahem.

Why is it that it is so incredibly easy for me to get upset, irritated, angry, etc. over a dog barking, or any number of things, without giving thought to how God must feel when He needs to convict me by His Holy Spirit for the umpteenth time to SHUT UP because I’m spouting something I should simply not be saying? Sometimes when I hear my own irritability, and my own rebuke at the dogs over their shortfalls, I remember that I, too, have a master who is not always so very pleased with my ways.

God gave me a mouth, and a voice, to preach the Gospel, to teach His Word, to speak love and comfort and kindness and mercy, to edify others, to help people, to encourage, to say the tough stuff in love, and, more than anything at all, to speak the words He gives me – most importantly His Word. He also gave me ears to hear, and reminds me there is a time to be silent. God has never shouted down from heaven, “SHUT UP” to me, but He certainly has convicted me countless times of how I have used my mouth for the wrong purposes. May this be a reminder to myself, and to you, to use our mouths for God. And may my dear friend be given a fresh infilling of patience for Cupcakes.

…A time to be silent and a time to speak. Eccl. 3:7 NASB

Let no corrupt speech proceed out of your mouth, but such as is good for edifying as the need may be, that it may give grace to them that hear. Ephesians 4:29 

This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; James 1:29 NASB 

But I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment. Matthew 12:36 NASB (concordance defines careless here as idol, slow, unemployed, by implication useless)

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