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dog territoryMarking His Territory

This is the second post about a dog we had for years, Mick.

When we would go for walks or runs, he had to mark his territory – EVERYWHERE! He would continue even after he was out of “marking material”! It didn’t bother him, he continued to expand his territory by marking trees, grass, stones, gravel, other dog’s markings and more.

As I observed this behavior over the years I reflected, “How like us humans that is!” We want more – doesn’t really matter what it is, we want more of it. Doesn’t matter if we can’t afford it, we still want more. It really doesn’t even matter if we’ll never use it – we want MORE!

Our kids often performed in the Christmas musical at our church. One year they sang a song that went something like this: “I want a bicycle. I want a truck. I want a new pair of shoes. etc. etc.” The last line of that song they sang was, “I want everything I see.”

Here’s the difference between us and Mick, and all the other dogs of the world – while marking and expanding their territory is routine for them, we can choose to stop the bleeding. We can make a conscious choice to live within our means, or even below our means, so that we can actually save a few dollars. Dave Ramsey says it this way, “Live like no one else today so that later you can live like no one else.”

Have you made the choice to live within your means? Or are you more like Mick, expanding your territory when you’re fresh out of “marking juice”? Choose today so you’ll have a better tomorrow.

You’ll be glad you did.