This is the story of two brothers, Peyton and Romo. No, Peyton Manning and Tony Romo are not secret illegitimate love children of the same philandering father. This is a tale about our two beagles, brothers from the same litter. Our family has divided loyalties when it comes to NFL teams; half are Cowboys for life and the other half are blue-blooded Colts fans. So in the interest of fair and balanced, the names Peyton and Romo. In many ways they are quite similar. As you can see they are both inherently lazy. They look almost identical. They both have insatiable appetites. They are both spoiled! But that is where the similarities end. In every other respect they are exact opposites.
Peyton, the smart one, takes life in stride. He does not get overly excited, he is a thinker, he shows a bit more maturity and is less likely to get on your nerves. When he needs attention he just comes up to you and taps your leg with his paw so you will scratch him. Romo, is wired, hyper, nervous, always under foot and suffers from ADHD I’m sure. But what I observed a couple weeks ago really showed how different they are. We bought them each a new toy. Peyton immediately started playing with his. He chewed on it, tossed it around a bit, laid on it and utilized it for it’s intended purpose, fun and enjoyment. Romo on the other hand, was quick to take his toy outside and bury it as if to keep it safe. He then just as quickly unearthed it and brought it into the house (with the earth) and hid it under the sofa, only to remove it thirty seconds later and cart it upstairs. He didn’t know how to just enjoy it because he was too worried about losing it. And there it was.
Some of us spend our lives making a living, putting away for the future, protecting our nest egg lest anything or anyone should take it away from us. While investing in the future is a responsible approach too many of us are too busy making a living and not living our life. We worry about the future, having enough to retire on, health issues, calamity, what if, what if. That is no way to live. Instead of enjoying what we have worked hard for and making the best of every day, like Peyton, we are in protection mode, securing what we have to the point of not being able to relax and enjoy life, like Romo. In NFL terms, once you go into a Prevent defense, you are more likely to lose the game. It’s a rough way to live.
Christ warned us in Matthew 6 not to worry. In context He was speaking about the over-emphasis of money and it’s distraction from serving God. He says “don’t worry about your life, what you will eat or drink or what you will wear. Life is more than food and clothing. Don’t worry about tomorrow”. As always, His words are meant for our welfare. He understands our needs, our fears, our tendencies and the number of our days. Sadly it is a fact that many who put away for their future enjoyment never live long enough to appreciate the fruits of their labor. If you can’t stop and find some pleasure in today, you are risking ever enjoying your latter years as they are not guaranteed.
A sad note to this story as an example to us all. Peyton, the smart one who lives for the day, has a terminal tumor and just months to live. He doesn’t know it and goes through his day just as he always has. I need to find a way to be like Peyton. The things we can learn from dogs!