KICKING UP GRASS

“And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.”  John 8:7 ESVFullSizeRender (95)

When you think about it, dogs have it made.  We humans follow them around with a waste bag, picking up the remains of the food we recently fed them.  My favorite part is when I bend over to retrieve their deposit and receive a face full of dirt, grass and dust.  Danni and Seneca both look at me out of the corner of their eye as they expect to hear me say, “Stop.  Don’t do that!”  They only pick nice, manicured lawns to try to tear up instead of a field full of weeds.  Anyhoo, they stop for a second then try to sneakily keep it up a few feet later.  It’s like a doggie OCD.

When dogs kick their legs back after a potty break, we tend to think they are intent on covering their mess.  It is also a way to mark their territory.  Dogs have glands on their paws that secrete pheromones and by kicking the ground, they are released.  Your dog is letting it be known that, “I was here!”

As a Christian, I’ve had others kick up grass in my face.  Some might not like the way you dress.  Your speech sounds a bit different from the accepted dialogue so a few comments start flying around and hit you when least expected.  As a committee member, your new ideas are a little too over the top to agree with and they aren’t just voted down but rumored about like a strange, new cult is in town.

James 4:11 states, “Brothers and sisters do not slander one another.  Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister or judges them speaks against the law and judges it.  When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgement on it.”  We are told in Matthew 18:15, “If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you.  If they listen to you, you have won them over.”  No third parties need be involved in a private matter.

If you have entered someone else’s territory, you may get showered with a dust storm as they go out kicking and screaming.  Ephesians 5:2 tells us to walk in love as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us.  It might not be easy at first but if you continue in kindness, the grass should stop flying, eventually.

Romans 12:20 says, “On the contrary: ‘If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.  In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.'”  Romans 12:19 tells us, “Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord.”

God will take care of you.  Surely, if we can follow behind our dogs picking up waste, we can take a little being dumped on us.  “‘No weapon formed against you will prosper; And every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn.  This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And their vindication is from Me,’ declares the LORD.”

 

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