April Fence Post of Faith  2009

As I was watching the barrel bash this last weekend in Columbia MO.  I got to thinking about the barriers of barrel racing, we have a time line, and while we are running the cloverleaf pattern we have to stay within the boundaries of the pattern to achieve a winning time.  As Christians, the word of God establishes the necessary boundaries to keep us in God’s safety zone.  But what about your boundaries in your day to day life?  You and I need to make a decision that we are going to get our life in order.  Exercising self-control, self-discipline, and establishing boundaries and borders in our life are some of the most important things we can do. A life that has no discipline is one that’s filled with carelessness.


As Christians we can think it’s kind of exciting to live life on the edge. We like the image of “Yeah! That’s me!  Living on the edge! Woo-hoo!  It’s become a popular way to look at life. But to be honest, God doesn’t want us living on the edge. If we’re living on the edge, then we have no margin for error. Highways have lines, one on each side and in the center. The lines provide margins for our safety while we’re driving. If we go over one side, we’ll go into the ditch. If we crossover the line in the middle, we could get killed.  We like those lines because they help to keep us safe. Sometimes we don’t even realize how lines help to keep us safe. It’s like that in our personal lives, too.  When we begin to have boundaries, borders and margins, we feel much better and experience God’s peace.


Here’s a question we can ask ourselves: “Am I living an unsustainable life?”  This means, do we find ourselves saying things like, “I can’t do this much longer. I just can’t keep this up forever. If I have to live like this one more year, it’s probably going to finish me off.  If we’re making comments life these, we’re really saying is, “I know I have limits and that I’ve reached them, but I’m going to ignore them and see if or how long I can get by with it.” In Cowboy Church at Columbia we talked about we need to stop and check our motives, do some praying and do some deep soul searching and make some changes in our everyday lives. If we discover we are living unsustainable lives, we need to stop putting off making the necessary changes before we have a breakdown, a heart attack, fall apart, or lose everyone in our life, and start making changes today. We need to make changes to live the kind of life God wants us to live. He wants us to live a peaceful life. Jesus said,…” Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid…”( John 14:27)  Like barrel racing when we keep having  problems getting it down right, What do we do? We go back to the basics; it’s the same in our spiritual lives as well.


Well I hope everything got dried out after that rain during Sat.. Barrel race at Columbia, but after Cowboy church Sunday, what a beautiful day we had.  I want to thank Steve Davis aka “THE REIN MAN” for playing his guitar and singing, it really makes Cowboy Church complete, thanks Steve, and thanks again to Renea Bolling for letting me do Cowboy services and for the barrel bash series. She is the Best in the Midwest.  I won’t be able to make it to Lincoln barrel bash, if someone wants to do church services get a hold of Renea, and if you have never been to the Lancaster Event Center, you will enjoy this facility it is awesome. And this note for all those who give thousands for their barrel horses, the winning time Sunday belonged to Angela McGraw from Tonganoxie Kan. 14.542 on a horse name Freebie. He was given to her for free. Maybe the best things are free in life, way to go Angela.


Adios Jeff Metcalf