It has always amazed me that God created the wonderful landscape that we call “cow country”. When I am out riding in the pastures or mountains, I can’t help but be thankful for being there. I think it is one of the many reasons why farmers and ranchers are so blessed.
Here’s a series of Cowboy Proverbs from Brad Curtis, a cowboy minister in Arkansas. It’s refreshing to read these verses in a different version, but I always try to connect them with the original verse and context. Hope it serves for a little motivation in your day.
“You load your horse in the trailer to take it where you want to go. If your horse is hard to load you often are late or miss out on what was planned. When we (load up) so to speak with Christ we are to go where He wants us to go.”
Romans 12:1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.
“An empty feed bucket is like empty preaching that does not call for change in your walk. It may bring them to the pen but it doesn’t provide what is needed for growth.”
1 Peter 2:1-2 Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation,
“If you never saddle your horse and mount up you will not get far down the trail”.
James 1:22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
“You can ride without cinching your saddle tight. However when the trail gets tough or you head down into the valley odds are you’re going to hit the ground. As a Christian we are to be close to the Lord so when the trail gets tough we don’t fall”
James 4:8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
“What does a bucking horse, roping horse, and ranch horse have in common? They are all horses and a good one makes the owner look good. The same is true of a Christians spiritual gift. ”
Ephesians 4:11-12 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up
“If your horse is taking you down the wrong trail it’s not his fault, you’re the one with the reigns in your hands. If your life is going down the wrong trail check and see whose hands the reigns are in, yours or the Lords.”
Psalm 23:3 He refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.
“You can not catch one if you never build a loop” You can not lead someone to Christ if you never share your faith.
Romans 10:17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.
“If one type of bit worked on every horse there would be just one. Jesus is not against the traditional church, contemporary church or cowboy church. He is against the dead- complacent church!” A church is only as alive as its members.
Revelation 3:15-16 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.
You can lead a horse to water but you can not make him drink. But you can feed him some salt and make him thirsty.
Matthew 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. (What are you thirty for?)
From roping to racing you will never win on an unhealthy out of shape horse. And if you do win it is because the other horses are in worse shape than yours. A “spiritually” unhealthy and out of shape Christian is a defeated Christian. We need to be confessed up, prayed up and in the WORD to have victory every day.
2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
If a cowpony has never followed a cow is it really a cowpony? If a “Christian” never follows Christ are they really a Christian?
Matthew 4:19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.”
“You can put a saddle and bridle on a goat but that does not make it a horse”.
Matthew 7:21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
The difference in a good horse and a good friend! A good horse will carry you over a rocky trail because they are trained to. A good friend will carry you during a rocky time because they want to.
Proverbs 18:24 One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
“If life is to hard to handle check and see what you are holding on to”
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
“Life is like a shetland pony, short, a rough ride, and mean at times but still a great gift from God”
James 1:2-3 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.
A good horse trainer can take any horse and make it useful for something. Regardless of its papers it is still just a horse. Regardless of your “papers” God can and will save you and make you useful for Kingdom work.
Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
If your horse throws you off get up and get back on. If he throws you every time get a new horse. Not everything in our walk is from the Lord but because of the choices we make.
James 1:13-14 When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed.
If your horse stumbles you are thankful that he gathered himself, pat his neck and continue on your ride. If a brother stumbles we often get out of the way and watch him fall.
Galatians 6:1-2 Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
It does not matter that you are riding the fastest horse around. If you take the wrong trail you’re just the first one lost.
Matthew 7:13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.
“You can ride a saddle that does not fit on a trail drive and reach the end of the trail. But the ride is uncomfortable and you let some get by you because you are just holding on.” If you are not growing in the fruit of the Spirit the result is the same.
Galatians 5:22-25 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.