This week’s reflection comes from our recent confirmand, Caitlin Modeen. Caitlin is a constant presence at South Church, where she operates the AV system. When not in church or school, Caitlin is active in girl scouts and dance classes, but her true passion is animals. She is a member of a 4H club, and spends as much time as she can at the farm where she works.

“A righteous person cares for the life of her animal, but even the most compassionate acts of the wicked are cruel.”
-Proverbs 12:10

The main message of this passage is that you are wicked when you treat animals poorly, and are a noble person when you treat animals fairly.

This matters to me because animals are important to humans and the environment. Animals save lives, give us food and, most importantly, give us happiness.

Animals can also bring people together. I don’t know how many friends I have met through horses and rabbits. The summer before 7th grade, I went to a horse farm for the first time, and it changed my life. It taught me how to care for different animals and why they are important.

The owner of that farm has a herding dog, and she has a huge job other than herding animals. She is also the owner’s service dog. The reason why this passage is important to me is, it tells you what kind of person someone is by the way they treat animals.

How do you treat animals, and what does that say about you?

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