Published on May 9th, 2012 | by J Prophet0
In the Word Wednesdays #IWW 5-9-12
Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.
How many times have we wanted something back? I think it’s safe to say that we’ve all lost something that we held dear whether it’s confidence we lost in a relationship, time we squandered on an unwanted career path, or a dream we shared with someone who didn’t cherish it. There are times when we succumb to the allure of a desired outcome only to be devastated by situations or individuals that damage us in the process. And in our fast-moving, share-and-respond culture we have become more comfortable with the willingness to hastily hand over things that may deserve more cautious consideration.
Jesus encourages us to think about what we have and who we’re giving it to. We all have been given precious gifts, and for us to fulfill the purpose of those gifts we are called to be critical of how and with whom we use them. We don’t have to be victims to the circumstances and people who don’t deserve what we have. Even if we’ve created the habit of harmfully or foolishly relinquishing the best of ourselves, we are called to be free from the type of unconscious sharing that is sustained only by abuse. We are, indeed, called to sacrifice and give in the name of Christ, but we are not called to be mistreated and exploited at the hands of human beings.
While the directive seems simple, the execution is difficult. Here are some ways that could help us incorporate this practice. First, let’s identify our pearls. Our bodies, hearts, and minds are precious regardless of what our past or the world tells us. Our pearls may also be talents, traditions or time. Whatever they may be, we can identify and set aside what is sacred to remain critical of what we give up. Second, let’s find and build community with folks who share our understanding of what is sacred. Once we find a community or a relationship that cherishes our sacred offerings, we can develop the trust to give and give freely! And third, we must also identify the entities that have the most likely potential to hurt us – the dogs and pigs. From assessing what has torn us to pieces before, we can learn signs of danger and defend ourselves from falling to them again. We aren’t necessarily called to be stingy here, but we are called to be wise and selective. Take care!
Peace & Power,