Just a note before I begin, to those who have now subscribed, many, many thanks. I would still like some feedback on my about page and my speaking page, but I’ll try to be content to wait.
In the meantime, the battle still rages…
When we were children, my Uncle David’s son, Scott was tough as nails. I haven’t seen Scott much over the past 25 years or so, but from what I know, tough still describes the guy who travels the world looking for new and better places to surf.
Once in a neighborhood scuff up, cousin Scott knocked another kid down and was heard to say as he stood over him, “get up and fight like a man, you dirty dog!”
At least that’s how the story goes…
In some ways, I am torn between two positions. On the one hand, I think a fair fight is one that you win, doing whatever you had to do to win it.
And then on the other hand, I have a strong sense of justice and fair play. People that do not play by the rules drive me nuts. (To be completely fair, I also like to make the rules fit my needs, wants, and wishes–I know I am not alone in this, am I?)
But when people tear you down by rumor and innuendo and you can’t say or do anything to defend yourself; I want to say get up and fight like a man, you dirty dog!
When you get blind-sided or stabbed in the back (meaning there is nothing you can do to be prepared), I want to say get up and fight like a man, you dirty dog!
And the reality is, in this dog eat dog world, dirty dogs can be found for a whole lot less than a dime a dozen.
Don’t get me wrong.
I am not so jaded or damaged to fail to see there are plenty of kind people who would never seek to hurt either of us.
To be sure I have been wounded. In some respects I wonder if the damage will ever completely heal. In fact, what happened to us is so strange, bizarre, and out there, it still sometimes defies belief.
I am a little more guarded than I used to be–which wasn’t much at all. I still question at times whether I am being used in certain situations or if people really, truly do have my best interests at heart.
But, my natural inclination to trust people is still pretty much intact. I just don’t quite run with it as easily as I might have before.
However, Dirty Dogs Do Exist!
Too often we never know their true character or nature until the dog has bitten a big chuck out of our backside. People don’t always fight fair. Justice isn’t always pervasive.
In fact, from my perspective, justice is a nice sounding platitude that often fails to live up to its billing.
One if the hardest lessons to ever learn is life isn’t always fair.
What do you do about dirty dogs?
Don’t look at me for the answer, I am asking you…
How do you handle the dirty dogs in your life?
Me? I wish I could identify them beforehand so I could emulate the Old Testament God of smiting thine enemies. I’d like to change the words of Jesus and do unto others before they do unto you. And turn the other cheek? Oh, yeah. That’s not exactly the attitude I’d like to take.
Not by a long shot.
Being a powerless victim is not the game I ever intend to play again. At the same time, I also understand I don’t always get to choose. And neither do you.
Stinks, doesn’t it?
In the meantime, what some may consider sacrilege, I consider part of my wrestling and fighting with God. I hope you’ll forgive and at least try to understand what I and others sometimes wonder about…
What do you do when it feels like you have given God everything and there is no divine protection in it?
If the Creator of the Universe doesn’t fight fair, what recourse do we have?
I get that we live in a broken world and bad things happen to good people.
I get it.
I hate it.
And I certainly don’t understand it.
But what do you do when it feels like the dirty dog is God?