A few years ago we rescued an Irish Wolfhound, Great Dane mix Danu. She is a 120lbs beauty – she has the markings of a harlequin Dane, and the coat of a Wolfhound. She is a loving, smart and very faithful dog who for some reason thinks herself a “lap-dog.” When we picked her up from the Rescue (Everyone should get their dogs from a Rescue Society) we know our dog food bill would jump through the roof. But we could not pass up the opportunity to take her home and make her part of the family. We decided to stop on the way home and spend some time at the local pet store and see what brand of dog food would be cost effective and could be purchased in large enough quantities to feed all four of our hairy children.
When we arrived at the pet store, we were daunted by the isles and isles of dog food – large brands, local brands, boutique brands, large bags, medium bags and small bag – and more. We started to read the labels, not really knowing what we were looking for. Soon, we realized at each manufacture told us that their dog food was the best and was the best for our dogs. Confused, and just about ready to give up, an employee came over to help. We needed all the help we could get.
Over the next hour, yes an hour, he explained each brand, in detail – he told us which brand had the best protein value, which brand had the best balance of vitamins and nutrients, which brand most dogs seemed to like and the brands dogs were not crazy about. He explained so much, we look at each other even more confused – this was not going to be as easy as we thought. Finally, at the very end of the hour he explained the difference between meat, meat by-products and corn/rice fillers. It was as if he could see the glaze forming over my eyes, so he said, “If you buy a dog food with corn or rice fillers the dog will have larger poops. If you buy the dog food with the meat, they will have smaller poops.”
Ok, look – I’m a guy. I may look macho, but generally speaking I’m not – don’t like bugs or dirt and I am not very handy when it comes to mechanical things. POOP is not on my list of things I like – is it on anyone’s list? I looked at the guy and said, “Dude, that should be selling point one – ‘This dog food will give smaller poops’ I good with that.” Needless to say, we took the dog food that would give smaller poops – cost was not an issue knowing that.
I share this because I have seen so many people strive to share the realities of the Divine in Christ by sharing all the “stuff” that really just goes over the heads of so many – when all we need to do is love people for who they are – LOVE is the simply way of sharing the Divine with others. Love is the “selling point” (lack of a better word) of all we are as followers of Christ. We need to spend time starting with love, loving the misfits, the unacceptable, the hurting, the marginalized, those many church ignore.
In this case, yes LOVE equals POOP.