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Cowboy Wisdom

Posted: July 23, 2010 in Cowboy Wisdom

It’s hard to get a handle on a problem
when you’re sitting on your hands.

What are you griping about?  Who isn’t pulling his weight?  What’s wrong at home, work, or church?  What are the “if only” scenarios you’ve been talking to your family about?

I know it’s a frustrating situation, but God put those “if onlys” into your heart for a reason.  Stop sitting on your hands and do what must be done.  Now.

Cowboy Wisdom

Posted: July 9, 2010 in Cowboy Wisdom

There is a shovel to fit every hand.
Find yours.

Stop being lazy.

Quit with the excuses.

Ask God what He wants you to do, listen for an answer, and then break your back doing it.

You may be scared, but you won’t be sorry.

Cowboy Wisdom

Posted: July 2, 2010 in Cowboy Wisdom
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You can tell a lot about a man
by what he doesn’t have.

I don’t want to be rich.

Good news on that front: health care changes just might ensure the impossibility of my fear being realized!  While my husband is entering his final year of surgical residency training, the recent short-sighted, imbalanced, Robin Hood idealism that is being forced upon us — which I think will ultimately be regretted — dimmed any dreams of a house full of servants and our using Benjamins as Kleenex.  (Can you see where I stand on the health care issue?  No sense in beating a dead horse with what’s already been said, though.)  Point is, everyone jokes about how rich I’ll be and how lucky I was to score a doctor husband.  Feet up in the lap of luxury, they think.

Well, whether we barely scrape by, or whether we make millions, I still don’t want to be rich.  I’m not going to get into that whole excuse some rich people use about how it’s okay to be rich, because without rich Christians, who would there be to witness to the rich lost people, and other such nonsense.  The bottom line is, it’s a slippery slope.  Earning a lot of money is great.  Keeping a lot of money — or the possessions/assets that a lot of money can secure — is not so great.  In fact, it’s quite dangerous for our hearts; they’re so very prone to idolatry.

In my mind, there’s just something pretty awesome about someone who earns 6 or 7 or 8 figures living in a small house and driving a used economy car so that he might better invest in eternity.  When you can do or buy something for yourself, but you don’t because you’ve already dedicated the excess fruit of your labor to your ministry, that tells me a whole lot about your character and about Whom you serve.


Cowboy Wisdom

Posted: June 18, 2010 in Cowboy Wisdom

What you show a child,
she shows the world.

Although I don’t have children living in my house, I know plenty of people who do.  Most of my friends are currently in the family-building process, and I have five nieces and nephews.  I’m around kids all the time because of this, and because I’m also a teacher, both at school and at church.  Despite my own list of incredibly impressive qualifications, I have every confidence that, regardless of your kid status, you know how kids are.

They emulate and mimic and parrot and share and impersonate and tell and show.  Every little thing that you don’t want them to emulate and mimic and parrot…

I could, at this juncture, share funny little stories of things kids say and do that are obviously mere imitations of someone else.  However, we’ve all heard these funny and horrifying stories.  Instead, think about the flip-side!

Like I said, I don’t have kids, but I’m super-duper excited about telling little Allie and little Bennett and little Shiloh all about why God made them and what our job here on Earth is.  (Yes I have named them, yes I plan to have a girl, and then a boy, and then a girl, and no my husband is not stoked about the idea of having three.  He thinks he wants two.)  Back to the point, can you imagine how wonderful it would be to consistently and faithfully disciple your children, and then hear/see them sharing what you’ve poured into their hearts?  A M A Z I N G!


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Posted: June 11, 2010 in Cowboy Wisdom

Admit your mistakes,
but don’t wallow in them.

Katdish will not be surprised to hear that I don’t often admit mistakes.  To be fair, it’s awfully difficult to admit mistakes if you never make them!  What am I supposed to do, make something up?

On the very rare occasion that I find myself in error, however, I really struggle with it.  While I don’t publicly lament my woes, I do hurt inwardly. I am a rule-follower.  I want to do the right thing.  When I don’t, I feel like such a cad, and all I want to do is just go in my closet and close the door so no one can see me.  And while my piggy friend up there looks quite content, my closet (literal or metaphorical) is suffocating.  I feel like a giant idiot who’s let the whole world down.

Now, that’s just pride.  Who am I to think that my mistakes are that important?  Let’s just not even get into what God thinks about the prideful.

Perhaps admitting my mistakes would help me not wallow in them?  Ah — but that’s assuming I make mistakes.


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Posted: June 4, 2010 in Cowboy Wisdom

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Folks who expect to life happily ever after had best tend to it daily.

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I don’t think it’s wrong to want happily ever after.  Weren’t we made for it?  Leave and cleave?  Don’t forsake the wife of your youth?  What God has joined together, let no man put asunder?  It seems to me that forever is a big part of God’s plan.  I guess it would be, since it’s forever and HE’s forever…

Marriage between man and woman is meant to be an earthly forever, but it isn’t always.  I think that sometimes that could be remedied by following that little bit of cowboy wisdom mentioned above, but there is a serious time investment involved.  You must decide if it’s worth it.

As important as marriage is, there’s a much deeper, eternal relationship we had best tend to, too.  If earthly marriage should be worked on daily, how much more our relationship with our Heavenly Bridegroom?  Oh, how He loves us!  You will never know anyone more faithful than He.

There’s a serious time investment involved, though.  You must decide if He’s worth it.