Thursday, March 15, 2007

When You Lay Down With Dogs...

On Tuesday, March 13, 2007 a Siberian tiger at a private zoo in Montenegro bit off an arm of a woman who tried to feed the animal.

Slavka Sekulovic, 58, had put her arm into the cage with two Siberian tigers when one of them grabbed it and bit it off, said doctor Zoran Srzentic who admitted the woman at a nearby hospital.
Srzentic said that Sekulovic's life is not in danger, though she remained in shock after losing a lot of blood.

"The tiger just wouldn't let it go," he added.

The owner, Stojan Sekulovic, has claimed the tigers were a present for his private zoo (
Fox News).


Who sticks their arm in a tiger’s cage? Doesn’t common sense tell a person that if you put a part of your body near the hungry mouth of a vicious animal he’ll most likely bite it off?

While I can feel some sympathy for the certain pain and trauma this woman endured I also feel bewildered at why she would stick her arm in harm’s way.

It’s easy for us to point out and mock her obvious malfunctioning logic yet how often do we do things that, when given thought, will place us in similar peril.

How often do we make decisions that affect our family, faith or finances in ways we never considered would come to pass. We find ourselves in situations and wonder “how did this happen” when the answer is obvious.

You stuck your arm near the tiger’s mouth!

There’s an old saying that says, “When you lay down with dogs you get up with fleas.”

What it means is that you’re going to get exactly what you put yourself in position to receive.

Spend all your money and you’ll be broke. Eat whatever you want and you’ll be unhealthy. Say whatever you want to say and you’ll have fewer friends. Put your arm in a tigers cage and your hand gets bit off!

The reason is simple.

When you lay down with dogs…

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