I can see this fig tree hiding and blending in among the other trees in the vineyard. But praise God because one day, we’ll recognize it for what it is! A waste. We will get tired of seeing no results from our continuous efforts. We will get tired of giving, giving, giving and not getting, getting, getting. We will get tired of casting our pearls before swine. Now, let’s get back to the Kenny Roger’s song! It still has more to tell us.
One other line in the song says this:
Now every gambler knows that the secret to survivin’ is knowin’ what to throw away and knowin’ what to keep. ‘Cause every hand is a winner and every hand is a loser and the best that you can hope for is to die in your sleep.
From this, we can hear Kenny saying, “Play your hand.” Stop grieving over your hand and just play it. You may not have the Ace of Spade, but play what you’ve got! You may not have had a mother or a father to care about or nurture you the way that you needed, but take up your bed and walk. Work what’s in your hand. God has given all of us something. Every one at the table has a hand. Some great and some crappy, but you’re still in the game! Just play your hand.
Notice the above verse credits the secret to surviving [in business, relationships, etc] as knowing what to throw away and knowing what to keep. My, my! How poignant and how true! I’ve seen women keep a worthless man and then their own worth goes right down the tubes. I’ve seen people, being illogically loyal to company stock and then lose their money. I’ve even seen people committed to a façade of convenience and comfort that they call a marriage lose all credibility and even lose who they are [sense of self]. Perhaps, life’s all a big roulette wheel and it’s up to you what you’re willing to gamble with. Some people gamble with their self-worth [letting a man or a job or even a church depreciate [put you down] you. If you’re not appreciating me, you’re depreciating me. It is only one or the other. The bottom line is: it is up to each of us to survey our lives and determine what is worth keeping and what needs to go.