Bears Poo In The Woods

November 4, 2013 — Leave a comment

bear smilingThis is one happy bear. I bet you know why he’s happy. Yes, he’s just eaten the park ranger, wandered through a camp area and scattered all the tents and supplies, and when he made his way back out into the woods, he probably pooed just for good measure.

It’s what bears do.

The thing that often surprises me is that we humans will kill a bear for doing what bears do.

If a bear shows up in my neighborhood and eats the sweet old lady at the end of the road’s Pomeranian, well, it’s bear steaks for us all.

It’s natural for bears to be bears. I don’t think we should blame them for this. There has to be a solution, though. Maybe we can get them into some classes on etiquette at the local college, or a 12 step program like for the sharks in Finding Nemo. People are friends, not food.

We can understand when a bear acts like a bear. We don’t often like it, especially if they end up in our back yard, but a bear is just going to be a bear.

Why is it that we have such a hard time with lost people being lost?

We classify their sins, we do our best to stay out of their way. We may put a church invite or a gospel tract in their mailbox, unless we think they may be watching. But we don’t want to get our hands dirty. We really don’t want to interact with “those kinds of people.” The sinners. The addicts. The adulterers. Heaven forbid we dirty ourselves.

We are often just as much a bunch of Pharisees as the Pharisees. We are so religious! So pure! We hold the keys to heaven in our hands, and by the God of heaven, we will not be made unpure by such sinfulness!

Why would you think that a lost person would act anything but lost? Jesus came to seek and to save that which was lost, which at one point was you.

Just how lost were you? I don’t know about you, but I was *lost*. Going to hell. Forever. And in that mess that was my life, Jesus found me and he saved me!

Now, I am called to be a fisher of men. Ever been fishing? It’s a messy business. To catch the fish you first have to be willing to get dirty. You have to bait the hook – worms in worm dirt, covered in slime all over your fingers.

Then, once you actually hook something, you work your tail off to get it into the boat.

And after you get the fish in the boat, you have to scale it, gut it and fillet it.

Messy to say the least.

When Jesus called us to be fishers, he knew just what he was saying. We have to be willing to get dirty and work with people who are dirty and we have to lead them to the one who will wash them whiter than snow.

Bears are gonna be bears. People will be people. And both will be messy and cause problems. Don’t write them off! One will wander back into the woods and leave you with a cool story to tell around the water cooler. The other – well, you may just be telling the next Billy Graham all about Jesus.

Think about it – but not too long. This is your calling! This is your purpose! This is a huge part of why you are here on this earth – to share what Jesus has done in your life – to be fruitful and multiply!

Bears bear, bees bee. Christians share who they are, where they came from, how they got where they are now – start today!

Rich Nifong

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I love Jesus, my wife Cheryl, my girls Trinity and Zoey, Gateway Church, long walks in the rain and anything on Discovery.

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