God bless you on this remembrance and observance of Good Friday, the day Christians humbly honor the day our savior Jesus Christ sacrificed himself on a cross to be crucified and pay the penalty for the sins of the world. Now all those who have accepted Christ as their savior can say with an honest heart, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” ~ Galatians 2:20 (ESV)
The new quarterback of the NFL’s Denver Broncos echoed that sentiment today:
Rodeo competitors, their families, those who work in the industry, etc. have to hit the road to earn a living. With most rodeo competitions being held over the weekends, it can be challenging for Christian involved in the sport to attend a church service. The Fellowship of Christian Cowboys organization helps to fill that void by taking church services to the rodeos. I was able to attend the FCC service on the last Sunday of the 2022 National Western Stock Show in Denver, CO.
I hate it when a project is going along smoothly, and then… BOOM. The bottom drops out.
I was sitting the saddle of my riding lawnmower and cruising the easements between our property and the neighbors. It was a nice evening and the grass was cutting well and then… BOOM!
The deck drive belts that propel the blades gave up the ghost. One belt blew out and the other was in bad shape. The original manufacturer belts were made of kevlar, so they lasted almost 20 years. I really can’t complain about that, but the easements with their strips of long grass looked like a 5-year-old got hold of a pair of scissors and cut his own hair. And I had to leave them like that.
I’ve performed most of the maintenance on our riding lawnmower myself, but I’ve never had to replace the deck drive belts. First time for everything, right?
Yeah, well… it took a few days of figuring.
Figuring out where to get replacement belts for a decades old riding mower. Figuring out how to detach the mower deck and bring it out from under the mower. Figuring out how to replace the belts in the correct alignment. Figuring.
What should have been 3+ hours of a job well done turned into 3+ days, instead. It was my bad. I hadn’t been regularly checking the status of those drive belts on my riding mower. They had been doing just fine for about 20 years, so I took them for granted. If I had stopped to take time and examine them on a regular basis, I would have realized they weren’t in good shape.
Sometimes issues in life are just like that. We think things are going along smooth and then… BOOM. The bottom drops out. And most times, it is our bad. We didn’t stop and take time to examine the important things in our life. We took them for granted.
Maybe this mechanical issue with my riding lawnmower will remind me to stop on a regular basis and examine the more important things in my life. Like my relationships — with God, with my wife, and with my friends. Am I spending the time to keep those relationships in good shape?
Or will the bottom drop out?
God knows what the important things in life are, and exactly what we need. Matthew 6:33 “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
The meteorologists in Colorado are saying we are going to get hit with a big blizzard tomorrow (Weds March 13). It sounds like it is going to be about a foot of snow and 50+ mph winds. People went nuts at the stores in preparation. I heard customers at a grocery store talking about how “horrible” it was at a nearby big box store due to the mobs of people and their accompanying rudeness.
It’s just snow, right? In Colorado, we’ve seen this all before. It’s not the end of the world. In fact, if you can bend your mind around the concept, the snow is a blessing. We need the moisture and a lot of families will be able to spend time with each other, since businesses and schools have already announced they are closing for the day.
So, in honor of the beautiful white stuff we’ll see blowing through tomorrow…
Yep… it’s Cyber Monday today. Now, whether that means it’s a Monday strictly set aside for Cyborgs (or maybe just the Borg – does the “collective” even celebrate Christmas?) or if it means it’s the starter’s pistol, so to speak, for everyone to start their online frenzy of shopping, I’ll let you decide.
Me? It gives me another chance to wish everyone a Merry Christmas in a cowboy kind of way. So, while you are straining your eyes staring at computer monitors for the best deal EVER or if you are running a diagnostic sub-routine on your implanted cyborg systems, take some time today to relax, breathe and remember to connect with the what this season is really all about. If I recall right, a crowd of angels shouted it on the very first Christmas.
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” Luke 2:14
Have a great day and don’t let your horse come home without ya!
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