“Then the steward said within himself, What shall I do? for my lord taketh away from me the stewardship: I cannot dig; to beg I am ashamed.” (Luke 16:3)
Yesterday we looked at the Beggar. Today, we look at the Digger.
The Digger is that person who is always on the go; hustling to and fro in a frantic quest to finish first and on top. But the irony is this – by digging, he only gets deeper and deeper in the hole! You know, “The hurrier I go, the behinder I get!”
The Greek word for dig is skapto, meaning “to scrape it out.” This is an apt description of a “dog-eat-dog” world. It is the world where “ME FIRST!” is the prime directive, and stepping on and over everybody else is, as they say, par for the course.
The Digger would be the exact opposite of The Beggar; and would regard The Beggar with great disdain and contempt. The Digger prides himself in his accomplishments, and takes great care to posture himself in the best position possible – even if he is about to loose it all. Image is everything to the Digger, and “he who dies with the most toys – wins!”
No. Not really.
We are familiar with the great classic by Dickens, A Christmas Carol, in which he introduces us to the consummate Digger, Ebenezer Scrooge:
“Oh, but he was a tightfisted hand at the grindstone. Scrooge! A squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous old sinner! Hard and sharp as flint, from which no steel had ever struck our generous fire; secret, and self-contained, and solitary as an oyster!”
Scrooge was a man who thought himself to be great only to discover that he was of all men the most to be pitied. Such are those who hold to the belief that digging your way to the top is the best use of your one life. Heed the word of Sir Walter Scott:
High though his titles, proud his name,
Boundless his wealth as wish can claim;
Despite those titles, power, and pelf,
The wretch, concentered all in self,
Living, shall forfeit fair renown,
And, doubly dying, shall go down
To the vile dust, from whence he sprung,
Unwept, unhonored, and unsung.
Be careful that you do not dig yourself all the way to Hell.