Tuesday, January 12, 2016


 By Sam Nobles
My dad was paralyzed in his legs and bound to a wheelchair. That meant for my dad to do anything he had to have help (which seemed to always mean me). One particular summer day found me and my dad fishing on the banks of the Chunky River in Chunky, Mississippi. My dad loved to fish, but me, not so much. I usually found plenty to do to keep myself occupied, but on this day something found me. As I sat on the river bank watching my dad fish, I felt something touch me on the back – it was a dog. I asked dad what kind of dog this one was, but his reply was always the same, no matter what, “It’s just a lil’ ol’ Feist dog.” I played with that dog all afternoon, but I made one crucial mistake: I grabbed the dog by the ears. When you grab a dog by the ears you’ll find out two things: There is no good way to let go of the dog and no matter what you do you’re going to get bit by the dog.

The Bible says, “He who passes by and meddles in a quarrel not his own is like one who takes a dog by the ears” (PROVERBS 26:17).  The Bible compares this very experience to people who meddle in business that is not their own. Suffering from second-hand offence, which is being offended for someone else, is dangerous business. You’re best to just leave it be. Take it from a guy who learned the second part of this proverb before I learned the first part. All courtesy of a “lil’ ol’ Feist dog”.

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