Barking Dogs

Audio / Produced by The High Calling


In his book, Achieving Personal Greatness, author Tim Lavender describes his childhood walk to school past a ferocious dog. Each morning, Tim steeled himself to outrun the charging beast. This lasted for months.

One morning, Tim had had enough. That day, when the dog bared its fangs and began to bark, Tim did not run. Instead, he picked up a stick and charged his tormentor. The dog bolted back to its own yard and never bothered him again.

This is Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge. Life brings plenty of barking dogs. But it’s our fear alone that puts us at their mercy. Our barking dogs back down when we face and move toward them—in the high calling of our daily work.

The wicked man flees though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.

(Prov. 28:1)