Jan. & Feb. Fence Post of Faith 2013

Have you ever headed out to a Barrel Bash somewhere and you’re headed down the road and say: “Did you load the saddle, the feed, the trailer cord, etc. It’s only human to forget something, we once were headed to Beatrice Neb. to a Youth Rodeo there and it would take about 4hrs hours of hard driving to get there before check in! We were coming into Lincoln Neb. and our middle daughter was dressing in the back seat when she noticed she had forgotten you jeans. How do you forget your jeans? Well there wasn’t much of a selection at Wal-Mart but we got thru it.
Seems like we are always asking that same type of question, did you lock the door, did you let the dog out, did you pick up feed. I want to challenge you this next two months to read the Bible more; the beginning of a New Year reminds us that we have a fresh start to become better people.

Another word it’s a time to make a new commitment to be the people God created us to be. And I know personally that it’s never too late to realize the purpose that God has planned for us. In the Bible, Nehemiah did not understand God’s purpose until he was much older in life. However, Nehemiah had a faith in God’s purpose for him and knew that he was called to make a difference.
Nehemiah could have immediately started tackling the issue’s  because of the disarray that Jerusalem was in. Kind of like the world we live in today, some would say it’s in disarray. I use to love to get up in the morning and watch CNN or MSN to see the world news but lately it has been so depressing, with the economist, the shooting at Sandy Hook School, unemployment rate. It makes me glad that we live in the rural area of America.

We’ll if you look to the bible Nehemiah first began with fasting and prayer firsts. Not too bad ideas to start off the New Year. Because whenever you’re facing difficult situations in life, we must first understand that God is always in control. We need to recognize that God is still powerful, even if we are going through hardships.

This is my whole point we need to remind each other to read and pray and after the holidays is maybe a good idea to fasting a little. You see God gives us a plan and purpose; he also gives us the influence to pull it off. When we become a person of influence for the cause of Christ, you might be blessed as a byproduct. However, you must obey God wholeheartedly and put you complete faith and trust in Him.

A person of Faith is someone who is willing to trust and obey God no matter what. God wants us to become people of faith who will obey Him regardless of the circumstance. Nehemiah was furious with all the injustice that was happening in the world. However, he knew he could not act on his anger but needed to show that they have clear responsibility to represent God in everything that they do.

I watch many people pray before they run there horse, but let’s remember to pray when our run doesn’t turn out like we had wanted, let’s remember to get up early on Sunday morning and attend a Cowboy Church if it’s provided, let’s next time were head out to the next barrel race ask yourself or your copartner if were spiritually loaded, maybe while you’re driving that 5 hour ride to the barrel bash you can start the new year off by setting a goal of reading one verse a day, or one a week, Just start somewhere.

I read today from 1 Corinthians 13 4-7 : Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

Adios, Jeff Metcalf