orangeleader.com (Orange, Texas)

March 23, 2014

A new perspective on an old fight

Charles Holt
The Orange Leader

ORANGE — Here is a story that’s a favorite of mine. If I knew the author I would give him/her the deserved credit. I share it with the hope that you may be encouraged to believe you can win despite the odds against you.

“W. A. Criswell, longtime Pastor of the First Baptist Church in Dallas told a story about an Evangelist who loved to hunt. The Evangelist went out and bought two top-notch setters. He kept them in his back yard where he trained them. One morning, an ornery little vicious-looking bulldog came down the alley. He crawled under the fence and before long he and the two setters were at it tooth and nail. At first the Evangelist thought about stopping the fight but then decided just to let the little bulldog learn a lesson.

“After a few moments of scuffling with the setters the bulldog decided he’d had enough and he squeezed back under the fence and went home to lick his sores. The next morning the same thing happened….same time….same place. And the next morning, and the next. Each morning the bulldog showed up, crawled under the fence, got the stuffing beat out of him, and retreated back under the fence and down the alley.

“About that time the Evangelist had to leave for several weeks to go and conduct a revival meeting. When he returned, he asked his wife about the bulldog and the setters. She replied, “You’ll never believe what happened. Every day that little bulldog came back in the back yard and fought with the two setters. He never missed a day. It has come to the point now that when our setters simply hear him coming down the alley and see him squeezing under the fence, they immediately start whining and run down into the basement. The bulldog comes into the back yard and struts around like he owns it.”

The Bible says: “Keep a cool head. Stay alert. The Devil is poised to pounce, and would like nothing better than to catch you napping. Keep your guard up. You're not the only ones plunged into these hard times. It's the same with Christians all over the world. So keep a firm grip on the faith” (1 Peter 5:8 The Message). Mark Twain said, “It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.” Don’t quit!