My pitbull black labrador, Skye, loves her collar. We only take it off when it's dirty, so Skye's used to wearing it. When she's not, she's a little sad and clingier than usual.
I think she sees her collar as her proof of adoption, and she doesn't understand that she's still ours when her collar is off.
Skye celebrates when she gets her collar back. She starts wiggling and smiling that trademark pibble smile. (Those with pit bulls know what I'm talking about.) She sees the collar and she dances up to the person holding it and then holds as still as possible while it's being put on. Then that person gets a huge pibble kiss on the face and Skye dances away.
As Christians, we don't have something tangible to show others that we're saved. But we do have the Holy Spirit. It's a little hard to recognize at first, but as you grow in Christ, you learn to recognize the "conscience" that pricks you, or that stir in your spirit. Soon enough, you can tell whether you're being told to back away from something bad, or to pray for someone who truly needs it. That's a gift worth using!
Dear heavenly father, thank you for giving us your spirit. Help us to learn how to use it to bless others. In Jesus name, amen.
Jenna V. Hilton is nineteen, and lives in Arkansas with her parents, two sisters, a brother, and dog. She is a senior in high school and planning to attend college to become a veterinarian.