Almost makes me want to own a Dachshund!!! (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dachshund) I always thought that their legs were a bit to short, but, HEY, look what that little fella can do!!!! But a cute as that might seem, the picture insert at the top left and the label are the important things here. Important, because this "gentleman" seems to be a little too prideful for my liking. It is as if "he" was chasing the Rhino and not the dog!!! In thinking about this, I put a couple of scriptures together for your consideration...
Proverbs, Chapter 16
18 Pride goes before destruction,
and a haughty spirit before a fall.
Luke, Chapter 19
11 As they heard these things, he went on and told a parable, because he was near Jerusalem, and they supposed that the Kingdom of God would be revealed immediately. 12 He said therefore, “A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. 13 He called ten servants of his, and gave them ten mina coins, and told them, ‘Conduct business until I come.’ 14 But his citizens hated him, and sent an envoy after him, saying, ‘We don’t want this man to reign over us.’
17 “He said to him, ‘Well done, you good servant! Because you were found faithful with very little, you shall have authority over ten cities.’
18 “The second came, saying, ‘Your mina, Lord, has made five minas.’
22 “He said to him, ‘Out of your own mouth will I judge you, you wicked servant! You knew that I am an exacting man, taking up that which I didn’t lay down, and reaping that which I didn’t sow. 23 Then why didn’t you deposit my money in the bank, and at my coming, I might have earned interest on it?’ 24 He said to those who stood by, ‘Take the mina away from him, and give it to him who has the ten minas.’
25 “They said to him, ‘Lord, he has ten minas!’ 26 ‘For I tell you that to everyone who has, will more be given; but from him who doesn’t have, even that which he has will be taken away from him. 27 But bring those enemies of mine who didn’t want me to reign over them here, and kill them before me.’” 28 Having said these things, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.
Ok, I could be wrong about the man in the picture. Perhaps he is just rejoicing that his dog is able to do this feat of bravery. Pride can be either a bad thing or something good, depending upon the heart of the one expressing the emotion. I wonder if the dog knows his master is praising him? If he does, then good; this little canine has really done something!!! Reminds me of the parable from Luke. Most of the time, we focus on the poorest steward and discourage unfaithful stewardship. But, how about that ten mina man!!! He has earned praise and honor- so let his master praise him!!! The only thing is- that successful fellow needs to remember the proverb and rejoice very, very carefully! Otherwise his pride just might come back to him and cause his downfall. And it might always not be as obvious as being stepped on by a Rhino either.