Buddy: “You going back to bed?”
Me: “Well, yeah. I have a couple hours of sleep left.”
Buddy: “I have to go out.”
Me: “It’s only four-o-clock, can’t it wait?”
Buddy: “You just went potty at four-o-clock.”
Me: “Yeah, but I’m old and that’s what happens when…”
Buddy: “I’m older’n you are.”
Me: “No, you’re not.”
Buddy: “In dog years I am.”
Me: “You’re only…”
Buddy: “I’ll meet you at the door.”
He walked away.
Me: “It’s too early. It’s still dark.”
I yelled down the hall.
Me: “And it’s cold and icky!”
A couple of minutes later at the front door…
Buddy: “You decided to come?”
Me: “I did the math in my head.”
Buddy: “And?”
Me: “And we’re the same age.”
Buddy: “I’m still older.”
Me: “How do you figure?”
Buddy: “I’ve slept outside more than you have.”
Me: “You gotta point there.”
Buddy: “On the cold hard ground. Without comfort.”
Me: “Just go potty, will ya?”
Buddy: “Neither the snow nor rain…”
Me: “You made your point.”
Buddy: “nor heat, nor gloom of night…”
Me: “Alright!”
Buddy: “Stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”
Me: “Whaaat?”
Buddy: “I could have been a postman. That’s their creed.”
Me: “Just go potty.”
Buddy: “I’m an old postman.”
Me: [sigh] “Shut up and go.”
Buddy: “A very old postman.”

Did you ever notice that some people seem old when they’re not really that old? It’s because they’re old in dog years. They’ve lived like a dog most of their life. They’ve worked like a dog and they’ve had a hard life. They’ve always kept moving and they haven’t known the easy life that others have. Like dogs, their candle burns quicker. Turtles, on the other hand, live a very very long time but they move slow and it takes them longer to get anything done.

It’s not how old you get. It’s how you get old that makes the difference. It’s not how many years you put in but rather how much you put into those years.

John 9:4
I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.

Jesus put a lot into the years He had. You could say that He put an eternity into the few years that He had on this earth.

Are you living dog years, people years or turtle years?


BTW, I didn’t get those extra couple of hours of sleep I wanted. [sigh]

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Joyce Ellis is the CEO and Caretaker of WarmFuzzy's Animal Shelter & Sanctuary. She was born with the vision, the Energizer Bunny who keeps going and going. She is Fuzzy1 of all WarmFuzzy's.

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