“It was his way, to balance all things against the ranch. He could not escape that loyalty…. There was this simplicity about him, with always a slowness in coming to judgment, and always a hard adherence to those judgments when he had made them.”
–Ernest Haycox (Deep west)
“‘Bring the full tenth into the storehouse so that there may be food in My house. Test Me in this way,’ says the Lord of Hosts. ‘See if I will not open the floodgates of heaven and pour out a blessing for you without measure.'” –Malachi 3:10 (HCSB)
One of the big problems in the Christian community today is that very few live life in light of heaven. People do this and that, but they do not think of it is terms of eternity. We should be living this life in relation to heaven, and not for reward, but for service. When we make a decision is eternity in mind? When we go someplace or do something do we have eternity in mind?
Where is our loyalty? Many would say to the Lord, but few then carry it out that way. Some say they would die for Him, but to die for Him means that we should be living for Him now. Jesus said, “If you love Me, you will keep My commands.” (John 14:15, HCSB) Are we loyal to Him by keeping His commands or do we just do our own thing?
Peter said we have faith and then to add virtue/courage, and then to that add knowledge. There are different types of knowledge: there is professional knowledge, the things you know about your career, and there is general knowledge. There is a knowledge of facts in which you can play Jeopardy and there is a knowledge that can be used in given situations.
The word “knowledge” here is a practical knowledge, the ability to apply to particular situations the knowledge a person has gained from learning, from experience, and from wisdom. This knowledge enables a man to rightly decide then to act honorably and efficiently in the day-to-day circumstances of life. Life is not to be a haphazard walk, but one where intelligent choices are to be made. To make these choices there must be knowledge.
To be able to recognize poison ivy is one thing. To recognize it and make the decision as what it is and what it can do and therefore avoid it is another. Hmmm, perhaps one of our problems is that we no longer recognize sin. Then we do not have proper spiritual knowledge.
Some more from the farmer:
–Every path has a few puddles.
–When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.
–The best sermons are lived, not preached.
–Most of the stuff people worry about ain’t never gonna happen anyway.
Here’s a very philosophical question posed by that buckaroo bard, Waddie Mitchell. What does it mean when you say “It’s a rainy day”? I’ll start it today and finish it later in the week.
“We can talk to the same people with the same tongue everyday
And still what’s said and heard can vary in some very different ways
And that’s because we’re individual in the way we look at life
Let’s take for instance, with an old phrase, what I heard as did my wife.
She drove home in rain and anger and had quite a lot to say,
Because I’d bought a hat with money we saved for a ‘rainy day.’
Sez I, ‘Dear, just what does that ‘rainy day’ phrase mean to you?’
Sez she, ‘It is the bad times that you save for to get through.'”
Hope this day isn’t one of those rainy days for you. If it is, still remember that this is the day the Lord has given you. Maybe you just need to check your cinch :-].