Stay Back 300 Feet

By Robb

I drive on the highway, a lot!  You probably do, too.  I bet you have seen the big dump trucks with the sticker across the back that says, “Stay Back 300 Feet” and underneath it says, “Not responsible for damage”.

Really?  When a miniature boulder flies out of your truck and creates a crater in my windshield, you are not responsible?

This is ridiculous.  It seems to me like it is the same as someone running through a crowd swinging a bat yelling, “Watch out!  I’m not responsible for concussions”.  Of course you are responsible if your lack of consideration for others causes damage.

I have nothing against people who get to drive trucks that are big enough to fit my entire lawn.  But, they are responsible.  They can prevent the rocks from flying out and causing damage.  There is a nifty device called a tarp.  It covers and protects.

I have known some people who really ought to have “Stay Back 300 Feet” printed across their forehead.  You have probably met some too.  They are the people who say things like, “Don’t be so sensitive” or, “I am just speaking the truth in love” or “If you don’t like it you can leave”.  That is their version of “Stay Back 300 Feet”.  They use it to deny responsibility for things that may or may not be true but are hurled in a way that causes damage.

God hate’s divorce!

Yup, the Bible says that.  But,  maybe we don’t need to throw that at a woman whose family has been ruined by a cheating husband who refuses to change.

You are suffering because of your own sin!

Yep.  That could be the case.  But is the timing and presentation right?

My suggestion is this.  Use the Holy Spirit as a tarp to keep things from flying out that shouldn’t.  Let Him cover and protect.  Remember that we are called to encourage one another (Hebrews 3:13), not tear each other apart.

Instead of applying a warning sticker to ourselves, it seems better to apply the Word of God:

Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.
Colossians 4:6

 

 

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2 Responses to “Stay Back 300 Feet”

  1. Paul Says:

    Great post. I’ve often thought the same thing about those trucks, but never made the connection to the “tarp” that the Spirit can be for us. Well done.

  2. Nancy Hand Says:

    Excellent points. Thank you for sharing this.

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