Here at the “Second chance ranch” we have down sized to seven horses. We have “Lady” a thirty-two year old paint mare that will probably out live us all. There’s “Joker” a 27 year old gelding that has arthritis in his left front knee from years of roping. The buck skin “Moe” that is blind but still some how seems to know everything that goes on around here. We have “Ally” a bay mare who is the youngest horse at eight years old and would do anything asked of her. This year she won a barrel racing championship while setting an arena record time. Then there is “Virgil”. I truly think the breeders were afraid of him. Virgil has a gentle way about him, but as a colt he just kept growing and growing. He’s over 16.2 hands and weights over 1,325 pounds. We have “
Wyoming”, my beloved . He comes from
racing royalty (Jet Deck, Go Man Go and Bold ruler, meaning he has the blood if
Secretariat running through his veins.) Problem is, Wyoming is now twenty-one years old and he
still thinks he is a colt. Last, but far from least, is “Nic”. Smart and gentle
with the ladies but has no use for men. Sometimes he looks at me like, come on
let’s go for a ride, but I’m on to him. I would be bucked somewhere into the
middle of Weld county and Nic would be thinking, Thanks for the ride cowboy,
lets do it again sometime. We Love all of them the same. They are all special
in their own right and deserve it that way. God made them to have their own way
about them, that’s the way they are and that’s the way we take them. Wyoming
I got to thinking that as Christians are we loving as we should or are we setting limitations on our love. God might see these limitations as obstructions. Are we overlooking our imperfect selves and focusing on the imperfection of others? Are we withholding what we are to give away? Shame on us. This lesson is kindergarten of our faith. Love is the first thing taught in our relationship with the Lord. Surely we, being of mankind, are the last to deserve love. However, we are God’s greatest love. The Lord overlooks all are flaws, our imperfections and loves us still. Be thankful for his grace.
Loving God is the most important command. We are to love in marriage, love our enemies and our fellow Christians. It is written that we can not be separated from Jesus’ love. Love helps us look past offenses (forgiveness). We must love ourselves allowing us to know how to love. We must be known for our love. I believe love must be genuine.
Remember: To talk without thinking is to shot without aiming.
May we receive God’s blessings this week with a heart of gratitude.
In the name of our Savior Jesus Christ.