In the movie Zookeeper, the animals at the Franklin Park Zoo love their kindhearted caretaker, Griffin Keyes. Finding himself more comfortable caring for a lion than a lady, Griffin decides the only way to win the girl of his dreams is to leave the zoo and find a more glamorous job. Of course, the zoo animals work together to prevent Griffin from leaving and to teach him how to win the girl – a fellow zookeeper.
In one scene the animals are giving Griffin a pep talk before his big date. The lion, gorilla,wolf and the giraffe share their wisdom and enthusiasm and then the cheeky monkey throws his advice into the mix,
“If none of that works, throw poop at her.”
It was somewhat amusing to me and hilarious to my then 9 yr old son and now equally humorous to his younger sisters. Hmmm.
“Listen children. That is not a good way to win the heart of a girl. And hopefully not a good way to win the heart of a boy older than 9.”
So what does this have to do with growing up? Well, besides the obvious, the monkey did kind of, sort of…a little bit think in the right direction…maybe. Right principle. Wrong context.
Jesus told this parable: “A man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it but did not find any. So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?’
‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it. If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.’ ”
The King James version says, “…dig about it, and dung it.” (Luke 13:8)
Can you make the connection? There is a growth principle here.
The fig tree was established in the vineyard. It just needed a boost. The gardener said, “I will dig around it and throw some “fertilizer” at it. Right principle. Right context.
Let’s cut right to the point. Living things need input.
We need to receive resources from outside of ourselves that will provide strength and sustenance. Sometimes what we are ingesting is sustaining us well enough but not “producing fruit”. What do we do then?
We need to dig around that area and throw some po…p…proper fertilizer to it.
We call this by different names but the principle is the same. When we desire a better return on something we put some fertilizer to it. It may be labeled education, apprenticeship, romance, research,coaching and perhaps even, fasting. Whatever you call it the goal is the same; A boost in some particular area. Growth.
Where are the areas in your life where you need to “dig about it, and dung it”?
What are you going to “dung it” with?
May I suggest the single most effective fertilizing agent?
Dig in for a little more prayer
and throw in a little more Word of God.
It’s a proven formula for growth.