I first heard the term cuddle dud in Fairbanks, Alaska. The musher was introducing her Alaskan sled dogs and someone had asked if they were affectionate. She lifted one of the dogs in her arms and explained that this pup was a cuddle dog. She occasionally raced but mostly just cuddled.
She affectionately referred to the dog as a cuddle dud. The dog had been raised to race but wanted to cuddle. I can’t figure out if that is a bad or a good thing.
Have we been trained for a purpose that we have fulfilled? Do we just want to cuddle and curl up at Jesus’ feet like Mary did in the story of Mary and Martha? In Luke 10 when Martha is upset because Mary is sitting with Jesus and not helping her with dinner preparations, Jesus tells her not to worry. He says, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed-or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens”. There are many days when we will be racing along in life, doing and being all God made us to be. Other days, we will climb up in the Father’s lap to recharge our batteries and cuddle.
There is a season to race and a season to cuddle. Both are wonderful in their appointed time but if we are curling up at Jesus’ feet, we won’t ever be a cuddle dud.