But one that always amuses me is Hope wants what Faith has. (and spiritually speaking, Hebrews 11:1 says that 'Faith is the substance [dog food ;)] of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.")
The amazing thing is that I was listening to Joyce Meyer in the background and her message was exactly what was occurring with my crazy Hope. (listen closely). Talk about timing! I fill both of their bowls with the same amount of food -- but inevitably she takes a few bites then moseys on over to glance at Faith's bowl. (Not sure exactly what's going on in her furry little head, but it seem like she's evaluating if the distribution was 'fair'.)
Did she get cheated?
Did her master fill Faith's bowl more than hers?
(Sometimes she'll even go over and start taking Faith's food while her bowl is still not even empty. The nerve!)
The similarity between my canines and us humans is pretty comical, and yet sad at the same time.
We're not always content with what we've been given. We think we've been dealt a bad hand and we start looking around at what others have. We might be somewhat subtle (like Hope) and just glance over, but quickly run back to our own 'bowl'. Or on a bad day, Hope has even taken what doesn't belong to her and she and Faith break out into a huge fight -- with their teeth showing! (The few that they have left ;) Thus the reason they don't eat right next to each other.
"The grass is always greener" syndrome seems to affect the animal kingdom as well as us selfish humans. We need to be content, no matter the situation or what we've been given. Paul learned in Philippians 4:12..."I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want."
So lets not worry about if our Master fills our bowl with less than someone else's...what business is that of ours?!
"God allows it to rain upon the just as well as the unjust." (Matthew 5:45)
We all go though different season's. Lets learn to be content like Paul, regardless of our situation. If he could be content in Prison, we can choose to be content even 'in the midst of' circumstances that can tend to make us feel 'imprisoned'.
He's given us each different amounts of talents (again, that's His business)...but our business is to use what talents He has given us, and use them for His purposes. That's what we're here for.
So learn from my yorkie Faith...and keep your eye on your own bowl. And give grace to Hope, she's still a work in progress.