Buddy and I were on our way outside. He was leading the way when he stopped in the middle of the hall and waited for me. I couldn’t get around him because he was in the way. All of the dogs do the same thing. They block hallways or doorways and pretend they are posing for animal crackers. They think they are only as big as their heads and they don’t realize they have a big body that follows them around. They climb onto the bed or sofa and it’s only their head that takes up room. They don’t understand why they can’t fit into the small space between me and the Missus and you can’t explain it to them because they will never understand.
The Duchess weighs WELL over one hundred pounds but in her mind she’s only as big as her head and she thinks her head is small. The Missus sometimes refers to her as her Petite Flower. It’s a good thing that she is a gentle soul, otherwise she could do some serious damage. Years ago, we had a Chow that was only as big as his head but he wasn’t always a gentle soul. He periodically left some damage in his wake. It seems the bigger they get, the smaller they think they are. It’s the same with people but for different reasons.
We live in our head. It is home to our thoughts and our senses. It is our portal to the world. It is the control room of our life. Everything makes sense to us there and others are just plain wrong if they don’t see things our way. The bigger our head gets, the smaller we think it is. We can’t see the contradiction but others can.
There are two Greek forms of the word arrogance used in the New Testament. One is huperogkos which means “swelling” or “extravagant” and the other is phusiosis which means “puffing up the soul” or “loftiness” or “pride”. Huperogkos is found in 2 Peter 2:18 and Jude 1:16. Phusiosis is used in 2 Corinthians 12:20. These are not words you want on your resume and you won’t find them in the Lamb’s Book of Life.
Here is how God views a big head.
I will destroy anyone who slanders his neighbor in secret. I will not tolerate anyone who has a cocky demeanor and an arrogant attitude.
The Hebrew word for arrogant in that scripture is rachab (raw-khawb’). It means wide or broad. It’s the big head.
The word for destroy is tsamath (tsaw-math’) which means to put an end to, exterminate, consume, cut off, destroy, vanish.
All gone. See ya. Buh-bye. [waving fingers]
Jesus steers us away from the Big Buh-Bye.
43 But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant,
44 and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all.
45 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Replace the big head with these ingredients.
2 Peter 1:5-9
5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge;
6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness;
7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.
8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
9 But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.
Like our dogs, people with big heads tend to block our path. Unlike our dogs, it is nearly impossible reason with them. They won’t budge. Unfortunately, getting around a big head may require an increased level of determination, but be careful, big heads often bite.
If you want to know how big your head is, don’t look in the mirror. Ask someone else what they see. [cringe]