Cryptic Masons

Dear God, help us to look at ourselves honestly and to see where we need to change.
In Your name we pray, Amen.
Grand Chaplain's Weekly Message
A Dog's Ear
October 7, 2007
My Companion,

We all travel through life in a very hurried pace.  Sometimes we can attend religious services, sometimes, we cannot.  However, we can always take a few minutes to thank God for allowing us to be here, and to serve our respective Grand Bodies.
Scripture Lesson
Read Proverbs 26:17-23

The first time I read Proverbs 26:17, I burst out laughing. I consider this one of the most humorous verses in the Bible. Who would want to seize a dog by the ears? I remember when my dog, Tasha, had an ear infection. She let me tend to her ear, but she certainly didn't like it. Most dogs would react unfavorably to having someone grab their ears.

I started thinking about what the proverb was trying to say. If people meddle or interfere in the affairs of others without being asked, they will provoke a negative response. No one likes it when someone interferes in his or her life (though of course some serious situations require action).

In day-to-day situations, I have enough problems to work on in my own life to keep me busy; I don't need to add the task of judging others. I don't need to try to pressure others into solving difficulties I see in their lives. As Jesus said, we must get the log out of our own eye before we try to remove the speck from another person's eye (Matthew 7:3-5).

Like one who seizes a dog by the ears is a passer-by who meddles in a quarrel not his own.
- Proverbs 26:17

What can we do instead of judging others?
May YHShVH Bless and Keep You,

Ron Blaisdell, M:. I:. P:. G:. M:.
Illustrious Grand Chaplain
Grand Council R&SM of Florida
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