Call Before You Dig

20130704-110045.jpgWe used to have a dog named Joey. He was part Lab, part Brittany, and part Part. As a young pup, he loved digging holes in our backyard. It didn’t matter to him that he’d fall into the holes from time to time; he just loved to dig. Of course, it caused a bit of a problem for me when it was time to mow the lawn!

I started thinking about “digging”, after talking with someone awhile back. I felt a few “digs”, a few taps with the shovel, while we conversed.

I’m sure you’ve seen the signs, “Call before digging…it’s the law.” It’s also for our safety!

Have you ever known someone who likes to “dig” at others while conversing with them? A Mister or Miss Sarcasm; always ready with a sharp tongue, quick insult (subtle, of course), and negative word?

Why do people feel a need to act that way? Are they that unsure or unhappy with their own lot in life? Do they get any benefit out of tearing someone else apart? Digging little holes, or big ones, in someone’s character, experience, or blessings surely can’t be that gratifying, can it?

I think it would be much more gratifying to be a hole “filler” instead of a digger. To be someone who looks for and finds ways to encourage others. Someone who “covers” the faults or mistakes of others. Besides, filling holes is a lot safer than digging them.

Imagine what could happen to a relationship if, while digging, a nerve is struck? As when a gas pipe is busted and an explosion occurs, the damage to the busted relationship could become irreparable.

“Whoever digs a pit will fall into it, “and a stone will come back on him who starts it rolling.” (Proverbs 26:27 ESV)

“See that man shoveling day after day, digging, then concealing, his man-trap down that lonely stretch of road? Go back and look again – you’ll see him in it headfirst, legs waving in the breeze. That’s what happens: mischief backfires; violence boomerangs.” (Psalm 7:15 MSG)

Jealousy, sarcasm, and digs of any sort are not becoming to a child of God. Destructive attitudes and actions do not belong in the Body of Christ. Actually, no one needs that sort of trash!

“Summing up: Be agreeable, be sympathetic, be loving, be compassionate, be humble. That goes for all of you, no exceptions. No retaliation. No sharp-tongued sarcasm. Instead, bless – that’s your job, to bless. You’ll be a blessing and also get a blessing. Whoever wants to embrace life and see the day fill up with good, here’s what you do: say nothing evil or hurtful; snub evil and cultivate good; run after peace for all you’re worth. God looks on all this with approval, listening and responding well to what he’s asked; but he turns his back on those who do evil things.” (1 Peter 3:8 MSG)

Remember, if you feel you MUST dig, CALL on God first for permission. It’s the law, and it’s for your safety!