stuck like a terrier with his leash in the seat crack

When I take my Maltese-Yorkie, Buster, on a car ride he adores sticking his head out the window, and I have to confess I’m a sucker for the happy doggy grin he wears when the wind’s in his face.

He gets especially excited when he sees a dog on the sidewalk or a swift bicycler and gets so worked up he’ll jump back and forth over the back seat repeatedly. (Yes, I have a very high-energy dog. You don’t know the half of it.)

Without fail his leash gets stuck between the seats, and he’ll start to whine and scramble frantically with his paws even though the more he frets the tighter his leash sticks. I can’t untangle him until we park, and by that time he’s moping because he has to sit still until I jerk his leash from the seat crack.

I know how Buster feels–stuck in bondage to something I can’t control and can’t escape. It’s where I lived for the majority of my life – the Performance Driven Life. A life where you do good things, bravely juggle your responsibilities, and maintain the happy, smiling Christian face. No matter what.

Dave Wright, Colorado Professional PhotographyLike Buster I scrambled and tried desperately to keep life together.  But I was worn out, wearily resigned to dreary existing because it’s impossible to perform perfectly all the time – even when you’re doing it for God.

Do you know this feeling of bondage too? Do you feel captive to living up to the demands of God and everyone else?

What jerked me out of my PDL was discovering that God’s grace sets us free. Not just a little free, but complete hang-your-head-out-the-car-window-with-a-doggy-grin freedom!

When I started to understand Christ has already “performed” everything necessary to please God and now lives in and through me, I could begin to stop the “do enough to be enough” lifestyle.  He’s the only One who can release us from the Performance Driven Life.

Not that I’ve got it all figured out yet. Some days I still sit and mope at my performance leash stuck in the seat crack.  But, there are more days now where I wear a silly doggy grin, reveling in God’s grace and true freedom.

So, how about it? Wanna make today a hang-our-heads-out-the-proverbial-window-wearing-huge-grins-and-praising-grace day?

Buster won’t mind. In fact, he’d probably enjoy the company.


Sure, I’ll take a grace ride with Buster!
For freedom Christ has set us free (grin).

Janna Wright


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