The Things that Define Us

In reality, Vern doesn’t have much. He has a bone, a rope toy, and a collar that is rough around the edges. Everything else is given to him from his human parents. Food and water are rationed out when it is felt that he needs refreshment and treats for obeying.

If someone was to ask the Frenchie about his possessions, he wouldn’t have much to say. His small collection of material things don’t define who he is. And with nothing to give, he is loved for no other reason except that he is Vern.

The people of the first century church were similar to Vern in this manner. In Acts 4:32, it states, “Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common.”

Why would these people so freely give up all their possessions? Why would they act in such a radical manner? Because they didn’t want to be defined by what they owned, but by their relationship with Christ.

As I have been camping this month, I have met several people who have sold everything and bought an RV to live in. They have no residence to hold them to a certain place. Instead where ever they pull their trailer to, is their home. And when asked, most of them would say it is extremely freeing.

Vern appears to be content with his few possessions. And what he does have, he is eager to share with his sister Bee. So why do we think our possessions will bring us happiness? If you watched Vern and Bee, they are perfectly happy. If only we could be so content.

Published by Cora Darrah

Hello. My name is Cora. I live in Durham, North Carolina with my husband and two French Bulldogs, Vern and Bee. For thirty-two years, I taught children with unique needs. When I was eligible for retirement, I decided it was time to explore life from a different perspective. So with pen and paper, I have taken up blogging about two of the most extraordinary pets I know. More important than my pooches, is my relationship with God. I love God! He has blessed me with the gift of writing and I want to share what he is teaching me as I look through the eyes of four legged friends. So if you would like to experience how God works in all his creatures, join us on our adventure! When I first started blogging, my Frenchie, Carl inspired me through his crazy antics. But as life has it, Carl had to leave this world at the tender age of four. After a period of mourning for my little guy, I brought Vern home where he has ruled the roost. Oh, did I mention Bee, the Frenchie with a girl attitude and enough spunk to keep Vern in line. Come along beside us as we dive into God’s word and learn morsels of the treasures that only the scriptures can teach us. Vern and Bee would love to get to know you as well, so please feel free to follow us and share your comments….

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