I haven’t been able to write for a few days due to the fact that we’ve been traveling. During our travels, we encountered an animal rescue. We have been on the search for a dog or puppy lately and we refuse to buy one when there are so many “free” or discarded dogs already available. We passed the rescue and went about our daily plans, but we couldn’t stop thinking and talking about the rescue and maybe we could find the pup we’ve been looking for finally. We decided that we would make time to go back there and look around. There began the problem. We noticed that almost all of the dogs were malnourished and unhappy. I am not a dog whisper, bud they all seemed sad. It would make sense if a couple of them were skinny, but not most of them! When I enquired about the condition of the animals, I was not given any suitable reasoning, and in fact, the fella in charge seemed to not care at all. We left angry. In my drinking days, this anger would cause more drinking! Today, I don’t, but I still have the fierce determination to make things right.
We recite the Serenity Prayer at most 12 step meetings. Do we ever break it down and reflect on what it means to us? What do we do when we need to stay sober and a major personal issue affects us so deeply? Let it go? Fix it? Can we?
Breaking down a problem and solving it sober, politically correct, Christian like and not self-serving: Tough one.
Our Bible study topic this morning: Doing the right thing when you feel that your attempt might cause unjust consequences. But if by doing what is right fixes injustice and provides truth we would essentially be “…doers of the word and not hearers only…” (James 1:22)
A small mouse crept up to a sleeping lion. The mouse admired
the lion’s ears, his long whiskers and his great mane.
“Since he’s sleeping,” thought the mouse, “he’ll never suspect I’m here!”
With that, the little mouse climbed up onto the lion’s tail, ran across its back,
slid down its leg and jumped off of its paw. The lion awoke and quickly caught
the mouse between its claws.
“Please,” said the mouse, “let me go and I’ll come back and help you
The lion laughed, “You are so small! How could ever help me?”
The lion laughed so hard he had to hold his belly! The mouse jumped to freedom
and ran until she was far, far away.
The next day, two hunters came to the jungle. They went to the lion’s lair.
They set a huge rope snare. When the lion came home that night, he stepped into the
He roared! He wept! But he couldn’t pull himself free.
The mouse heard the lion’s pitiful roar and came back to help him.
The mouse eyed the trap and noticed the one thick rope that held it together.
She began nibbling and nibbling until the rope broke. The lion was able to shake
off the other ropes that held him tight. He stood up free again!
The lion turned to the mouse and said, “Dear friend, I was foolish to ridicule
you for being small. You helped me by saving my life after all!”
Moral of the story: No matter the size, everyone can help, and be just as important!
What happens if the mighty lion instead turns and eats the mouse?
I think inaction is out of the question, but the lion can sometimes be very intimidating. Maybe wisdom tells us that many mice would have a better chance? We thought that maybe by donating money that it would, in turn, help the animals. We only needed to recall the fella in charge’s demeanor and realized that wouldn’t help. We also thought about volunteering, but the rescue was too far away. Should we have faith that there must be a reason God is allowing this to happen? We don’t think so. God is love.
Today’s Bible study is more of reflection than a possible solution. Doing the right thing takes courage, prayer, and faith. I’d love to hear your thoughts and comments if you have time.
Todays verse to “chew on”:
17 Learn to do good.
Help the oppressed.
Defend the cause of orphans.
Fight for the rights of widows.
Keywords: learn, seek, help, defend, and fight.