Whom would you consider your spiritual mentor? I’m talking about that person who has helped you understand spiritual truths and grow in your walk with the Lord. Was it a family member, a teacher, or maybe a friend? For me, it was a pig! That’s right, a pig, and here is what he taught me…
Last week, my wife and I visited some friends who live on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. It had been almost 10 years since we had seen each other, so we had a great time catching up. The added bonus is our friends are also pig farmers so of course, part of our visit included going out to their pig farm and interacting with these porky fellows. During the process, I learned more than I ever wanted to know about pigs but surprisingly, I also gained a spiritual insight along the way. Here is what I learned…
Don’t believe everything you hear!
Throughout my life, I’ve heard the saying or even said myself, “I was sweating like a pig”. When this was said, it meant you were profusely sweating as a result of some strenuous exercise or an extremely hot day. But the statement isn’t true! To my surprise, I learned that pigs don’t sweat. That’s right, they don’t have highly functioning sweat glands and that’s why they roll around in muddy water in order to cool off.
Another reference that is quite common and even derogatory is when someone is described as a “filthy pig”. This means that someone is dirty, messy, or gross and can have cleanliness or moral applications. But again to my surprise, I learned that pigs are actually not dirty, messy, or gross animals. In fact, they are quite clean animals and the only reason you see pigs rolling around in the mud is because they are trying to cool down. In fact, if someone could come up with a cheaper cooling option, I’m sure the pigs would prefer it. But because mud ponds are the least expensive option, the pigs have no choice but to get dirty.
So there you have it, two very common negative statements regularly made about pigs that have no truth in reality. Yet, we repeat them over and over again without question.
So what should you do?
Although these false statements may not have a major impact on the emotional stability of a pig, when it comes to people it is an entirely a different story. This is where the spiritual truth comes in. When we spread reckless or slanderous rumors about others, the Bible calls this sin. Instead, we are called to be careful in how we speak about others making sure our words are helpful and not hurtful.
Colossians 4:6 – Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.
So there you have it, my spiritual lesson for the week taught by a pig! So be careful who and what you talk about this week. This is especially timely given the current political season we are in and how people are talking about one another.
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