The pack leader gets to call the shots. Now, THERE’S a short sentence with an acerbic twist. Especially when you consider how much focus there is on “shots” these days.
Did you see the movie, “Call of the Wild,” with Harrison Ford and an animated dog named Buck? It was a bittersweet movie that followed Buck’s story. He was a big, crossbreed of a St. Bernard and a Scotch Shepherd. And at the start of the movie you see him enjoying an easy-going life in California, in the 1890’s.
But it’s not long before his life of leisure is gone when he’s stolen from his happy home. Worse than that Buck is deported to Skagway, Alaska and sold to a dog sled delivery service owner.
Buck’s good nature actually gets him in trouble with the lead dog in the sled team. But he eventually wins the leader position, and the other dogs are glad to follow him.
Sadly, Buck’s hard times weren’t over. And he went through a lot more challenges. Not the least of which was being forced into dog fights. Somewhere along the way, he meets up with Harrison Ford’s character. And I won’t tell you the rest of it so you enjoy it for yourself. Just wanted to illustrate a particular point.
Yeah, when it comes to shots, be the pack leader.
And just because that can also refer to dogs doesn’t mean you should be the pack leader of a bunch of dogs. Canine OR human. Of course, if you’re not comfortable taking the lead, then at least find the pack leader you can trust.
And that’s exponentially more difficult than it ever was in American history. Well, to be more precise, if you’re gonna rely on broken people, it’s way more difficult than ever. So, I recommend you don’t rely on broken people.
That’s not to say you’ll never find anyone you can count on. But you’ll never find anyone you can ALWAYS count on. And that’s not a defeatist or fatalist point of view. It’s just reality. Of course, it’s true. Because everybody else has to live their lives, too.
But I’m saying all this to point out how it’s better to be a leader.
And the best human leaders are the ones who are consistent Jesus followers. Because they understand the only way you can lead well is when you learn by example. And the only perfect man who ever lived is certainly the best example you could ever have.
The overwhelming amount of evidence says the Christian message is true.
So, to continue with the analogy, you’re on the right track when the pack leader you follow is Jesus. He’s the only True Alpha AND Omega Male!
Be like the dog in the movie, and Buck the worldly trends. Fight for your right to freedom and ward off the hounds of hell.
Search me for the deeper things.
Fill me from Your living well.
Free me from the ways of man.
Take me off the path to Hell.
Listen to my fervent prayer.
Bless me so that I can bless.
Change me with Your mighty Word.
Spare me with Your tenderness.