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Our Place in the Picture

Our Place in the Picture
By Companion Jack A. Holloway
Illustrous Associate Grand Chaplain, Grand Council of Florida

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\”Now there are many varities of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varities of service, but the same Lord; and there are varities of working, but it is the same God who inspires them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.\” -1 Corinthians 12:4-7


There are many lessons in our Council Degrees and though some are expounded on thorough explanations and lectures, others can slip by until we think of the degree as a whole. In the Select Master, the guard Ahishar has a small part, but the lesson of the degree hinges on it. I can just imagine Ahishar mumbling to himself: \’Here I am in the middle of the night guarding a door where no one ever comes, I never get the important jobs, I might as well sit and rest awhile.\’ It is easy to let this attitude slip up on us Companions. This happens in our churches, our workplaces, and our Masonic Fraternity. It becomes too easy to sleep in, call in sick, or skip a meeting – or just sit and rest awhile. Just because we are not King Solomon does not mean we are unimportant to the whole picture. Scripture tells us that we all have a part in God\’s great plan, and we are not just given gifts and duties but entrusted with them to use as God leads and guides us.

Most Holy and Glorious Lord God, the giver of all good gifts and graces; my ardent desire is that I may complete the purpose for which I am made – to glorify Thee who has given me being. Amen.

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