Sunday, November 22, 2009

Important or Not?

A job making lots of money?
A cool shady place when its hot?
A vacation in the south of France?
Some one to show you the way?
A dependable car with 4-wheel drive in a snow storm?
A room with a view?
Someone to talk to?
A 280 yd drive on a 395 yd par 4?
A knife in a gun fight?
A pardon when you know you're guilty?
A cow with horns?
Four legs instead of three?
A white flag?
Pictures on the wall?
A visit with a friend when you laugh till you get tears?
A flat and a spare tire?
Being chosen first or last?
My will or thy will?
A key when the door is unlocked?
A flyswatter in winter?
A cup of coffee with your daughter?
Bridges in the desert?
A good probation officer?
The right hat?
The right boots?
Sheep or goats?
A song from your past?
Patience with a dog?
Able to put your socks on standing up?
A blog?
Who gets the glory?
Water in a dry land?
The right tool?
Making the right choice?
Draft or can?
Stepping stones?
Hunting trips?
A fast horse?
An ice scraper in August?
An alarm clock?
Always being right?

Monday, November 09, 2009


Galatians 5:1-5
1. Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. 2. Behold I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing. 3. For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. 4. Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.

Our nature is to work for what we get. We have been taught that all our lives. If we pleased our parents as little children we got rewarded. If we studied we got good marks and gold stars by our names and passed to the next grade level. If we practiced our band instruments we moved closer to first chair or maybe even first chair of that instrument. As adults the efforts we put in our jobs usually are rewarded by advancements, raises or bonuses. It is ingrained in our nature to work to please someone or to get a reward.

Christ is our righteousness. He is ALL our righteousness. Christ was circumcised and by accepting circumcision he accepted also to do the whole law. He did the whole law so that we who could not could be justified as if we had. There is no more need for us to keep the law, He did it for us and now sits at the right hand of God as our mediator. He declares continuously to God that we are justified in Him because of what he did. He declares continuously to God that we have satisfied all the requirements because He satisfied all the requirements for us. And God is pleased with the work of Christ. I still sometimes get caught up in my nature to work for something better. To get the blessing, to please God, to avoid trials and tribulations. How pitiful God must see my efforts to add to what Christ my saviour did. Look to Christ!

I went to Kansas City last week. I really enjoyed the meetings and getting to know the cattle industry from some different perspectives. I went out to eat at the Hereford House and had a great steak and a very nice glass of red wine. Weather was great but didn't get to see much from the hotel meeting rooms. They've got some pretty little women there but none as pretty as the one I had at Home. It was good to get back.