“I shot back, “The God-of-Heaven will make sure we succeed. We’re his servants and we’re going to work, rebuilding. You can keep your nose out of it. You get no say in this—Jerusalem’s none of your business!””

‭‭Nehemiah‬ ‭2:20‬ ‭MSG‬

Boldness has never been in my wheelhouse. For that reason I have missed many opportunities to stand up for myself. Furthermore, I have allowed people to influence my decision making even when I wanted to go in a different direction.

Then I entered the world of dogs. Not only that; I entered the world of service dogs. Little did I know at that time how this would change my life.

It is especially important, as a handler of a service dog, that I learn how to be a good pack leader.

Pack leadership is important regardless of the role your dog plays in your life or the lives of your family.

If YOU don’t become the pack leader, the dog will! This can lead to all kinds of preventative problems.

Going out in public with my service dog, I have had to learn how to be bold with the people in my community. Reason being is because people want to pet my dog or talk to it. A service dog has a at least one specific job to do. If the dog is distracted, it could miss the cue to care for the specific needs for which it has been trained.

Through dog training, service dogs, and pack leadership, boldness is becoming an every day part of life.

Nehemiah was a bold servant of God. In chapter 1 Nehemiah has learned that his home town has come to ruins.

Boldly, he approaches the king and requests that he be allowed to go to his home and see it.

When seeing the crumbling of the wall, Nehemiah takes measures to rebuild it. He gathered people from all walks of life and status.

But Nehemiah had people trying to get in his way. This is where the above Scripture comes in; ““I shot back, “The God-of-Heaven will make sure we succeed. We’re his servants and we’re going to work, rebuilding. You can keep your nose out of it. You get no say in this—Jerusalem’s none of your business!”

What a boldness! Because of his boldness, Nehemiah influenced a whole community of different walks of life to take part in the rebuilding of the wall. Because of his boldness, Nehemiah was able to tell those opposing to, “Get out of the way!”

Nehemiah was an excellent pack leader.

Dogs have perhaps played the most important role of my everyday life. Sure, I have faced some opposition. Thanks to learning how to be bold, I am learning how to tell people, “Don’t talk with or touch my dog.” This continues to spill over into other parts of my life.

In my relationship with God, it’s important that I recognize when opposing forces are trying to influence me. I want to be more like Nehemiah. When I know God has called me to task, I want to be able to say;

“The God-of-Heaven will make sure we succeed. We’re his servants and we’re going to work, rebuilding. You can keep your nose out of it.”

With love, Trey Wilson