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Agriculture In The Bible – Tucker Hospitality

January 15, 2012

Many of our regular readers are familiar with some of our dogs. Missy, the half border collie who poses in unusual ways (such as above) has no idea that her position on a (cold) grill would horrify those who may see it as cooking dog. Diva plays with Missy unconcerned about her image as a “vicious” Doberman that some proclaim without meeting her. Then there’s Tucker.

Tucker’s story is more unknown. Five years ago New Year’s Eve we were attending a show with Montgomery Gentry, Gary Allen, Styx and Rodney Atkins in Lexington, Kentucky. A rescue friend asked if we might pick up and foster a dog near there who was running out of time. All we knew was that he was a black male, said to be about a year old, and he needed some time. We picked him up and on the way home dubbed him Tucker (KenTUCKy).

Now the intention was that, like the labs, Tucker was to be fostered, get some training, get neutered and go on to a home. He was a test – he wanted to roam, which is probably how he got where he was. This is not a trait diminished or eliminated by neutering!

Tucker is an almost ideal example of acceptance. It was his expression of it that meant he stayed here. He’d been here several months and we made a trip to a TSC pet days with another dog. All morning both dogs attracted much interest, hugs, and attention but more wanted the younger dog. We determined that Tucker was not one but more like 3-4 years old, and his quiet demeanor wasn’t as flashy. As I turned down the last road to home he put his big head between the seats and let out a loud sigh, as if glad to be home. I called the folks I was fostering for and said he found his home – right here. It was clear he loved the attention, but it was because it was asked of him.

How often are we asked to do something we don’t really want to do but do it anyway? Since that day, Tucker has fit in around the house. He’s good with the chickens, curls up with the cats, accepting of the rabbits (even if he does try to steal their food!) and a good alarm to let us know if something’s amiss. He is an ordinary big black dog – the last chosen to get homes as they just aren’t flashy enough and are so many that seem alike.

There are so many that seem the same – that could also be said about Christians. What makes Tucker different is his actions…his wag of the tail combined with the guard dog bark who is eager to see the UPS truck because he knows the driver has (dog) cookies! Of course this is cause for bewilderment when we get a FedEx delivery because HE should have cookies too!

What made Tucker stay was finding a place to fit in. His acceptance and willingness to find his own ‘place’. There are thousands of big black dogs but one uniquely Tucker. There are thousands of Christians but how many make a difference in their own unique way?

Do you genuinely welcome others and accept them as they are, or growl dislike while offering a ‘welcome’ tail wag?

Many dislike working for Christian bosses, as the boss takes off and goes to church while workers must toil every day, without a full day off. What about the worker’s family time? What about if one must choose between a job and no job, or a job and family? Sometimes it seems Christians are the least forgiving, or the most to be “do as I say not as I do.” Is this what is intended to be projected? And if it is, then isn’t it a wonder many reject His word?

Treatment of others being consistent, or striving for that, is something that dogs, horses, many of the animals on the farm, have down. Can we learn from them?

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