We have a very LARGE dog. He is a Cane Corso who at nearly nine months old, weighs about 90 pounds. The funny thing about this dog is that he does not comprehend his own size or power. We got him when he was only seven weeks old and weighed less than twenty pounds. One of the first things we did was buy a baby gate, to keep him corraled in the kitchen, while we were house training. One of the rules was that he couldn’t jump up on the gate.
Fast forward eight months. My big puppy still doesn’t jump up on the gate. He stands behind it and whimpers for attention but the early conditioning still works. Recently, I was watching him stand behind it trying to get my attention. Although I didn’t tell him, I thought about how easy it would be for him to get past the barrier. Then I thought about myself and how many times have I underestimated my own abilities? I thought about the subdued potential that for far too many of us, isn’t released because of the gates in our lives. All because somewhere along the way we were trained to look over the gate instead of knock it down.
What gates are you standing behind? I encourage you today. Kick them down. I certainly am!
Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! For he hath broken the gates of brass, and cut the bars of iron in sunder.(Psalms 107:15, 16 KJV)