A Lesson from Cheerio

When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.” (John 10:4 ESV)

A couple months ago my family did something unlikely–we got a dog. Yes, the Lynch family, a self-declared no-dog family for 16 years, acquired a dappled dachshund puppy named Cheerio.

God has actually been teaching me a lot about myself through our new puppy. For instance, Cheerio follows me everywhere. Today I went to get the mail and he stood at the door and barked until I came back inside. He doesn’t let me out of his sight for a minute  Sometimes I sit down to do homework on the couch and he goes to sleep nearby. But the second I stand up, he is ready to come with me to wherever I might be going.

Just like that, I am supposed to keep my attention always on Jesus so that I can follow him. John 10:4 says, “When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.

Notice that verse says that the sheep follow him because they know his voice. We have to know who we are following if we are going to walk in his steps. Have you ever had to meet up with someone you have never seen before? It can be difficult if you don’t have a description of what the person looks like. We have to get to know Jesus better so we can see his footprints.

In the near future I will have to start making some big decisions such as which college to attend and what job I should prepare for. Through it all I need to be like my little puppy, keeping my eyes on God so I can find out his plan for me.

I want to be someone who is willing to follow God wherever he goes. Who’s with me?


Aimee Lynch is a homeschooled high-school student in Gaithersburg MD. She has a heart for children whose parents are divorced because she grew up in a single-parent home after her own parents divorced when she was five. Her blog, allfilledup.wordpress.com, is a place where she seeks to encourage other kids in difficult situations. In what little free time she has, she enjoys gardening, reading, getting involved in various youth projects, taking walks on the beach, and writing articles. (read more…)


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