A Bunch of Crap

by Jake Hershey on July 15, 2012

A few years ago we had a bad winter here in north central Texas.  Well, it was bad by Texas standards anyway.  Let’s just say that as far as Texas goes, it was real cold and real dry for a real long time.  And that created a real problem on our place.

At the time I think we had four horses on our place.  I know we had at least four.  Anyhow, every horse we had on the place that winter came down with colic at least once.  Up until that time, I’d never had a horse colic in my life.  I think we’ve had it happen once in the years since and the Good Lord willin’, it will continue to not be an issue.  But that winter was a bad one.  Unfortunately, after plenty of Banamine and rides in the trailer, I still had more than one late night visit with the vet.

For those of ya that don’t know, colic is a symptom, not a diagnosis.  Pretty much it means the horse has a stomach ache.  And most often, the stomach ache is caused by some sort of blockage in the intestine.   Since that winter, I’ve often thought about what caused those horses to have so much trouble with colic.  And being the philosopher that I am, here’s what I came up with…..there was too much crap backed up.

Now you might call it hay, or feed, or grass….but after every late night visit with the vet, I spent the next 24 hours watchin’ it come out of the back of those horses and let me tell you…it was crap.  So in a nutshell colic in a horse is caused by too much crap gettin’ backed up and if it ain’t treated, it can kill a horse.

Well, that got me to thinkin’.  The bible says we’re all sinners.  It also says that when we make the choice to accept Jesus Christ as our savior that those sins are forgiven.  It doesn’t say that we’ll automatically stop sinning.  Matter of fact, none of us ever will.  If you’re one of those holier than thou Christians that tells yourself that you don’t sin anymore, let me apologize for offending you.  Of course you were already offended that I’ve said crap three times….maybe you should stop reading right here…I’m gonna say it again.

So if we’re all sinners and as Christians those sins are forgiven, but we’ll never stop sinning as long as we’re on this earth, then why not just keep on sinning?  I’ll tell you why.  Because sin in our life is crap.  If you accept Christ, but keep on living like you always have, all of that sin-all of that crap-is eventually gonna build up and you’re gonna get spiritually sick.  All of the crap in your life can and will eventually build up until it’s caused a blockage that you can’t fix on your own.

Need an example?  I just happen to have one.  Let’s say you’re on the internet and something pops up that says “Hot Naked Chics-Click Here!” (stop trying to click, this is just an example).  Let’s say that even though you know that things like lust and pornography are a sin, you click on it.  You look and you’re done.  But a few days later, you click and look again.  Pretty soon, you’re getting on the computer just to look at pornography and after doing that for a while, your image of what a relationship with a real woman is like is so distorted that you’re not happy with your wife anymore.  On top of that, you’ve become so desensitized to the pictures on your computer that they don’t do much for you either, so you go out and find yourself a hooker, or you’re not gonna pay for it, so you start having an affair.  Well, your wife finds out, she divorces you, your kids are shattered, your son turns into a drug addict, your daughter is constantly searching for male approval and is a prostitute and they both eventually overdose and die.

So, there you are.  You’ve gone from a great life with a wife and kids that you love, to being divorced and lonely, with two dead kids.

All because you let some crap-some sin-into your life and instead of getting rid of it, you let it build up.

I know this is an extreme example, but believe me that’s just how it happens.  Look at the crap in your life that you haven’t gotten rid of and tell me it’s not making you sick.

So, what do we do?

We stay away from as much crap as we can.  And if we get a little built up, we get rid of it before it causes any more problems.

How do we do it?  We confess our sins.  We tell God, “I know what I’m doin’ is wrong.  I’m sorry.  Please forgive me and help me to be the person you want me to be.”

If we we’ll keep a relationship with God by (1)Getting’ in his word and talkin’ to him daily, and (2) By confessing and asking forgiveness of our sins, the bible says that He’ll purify us…He’ll clean the crap out of our lives that we keep building up….He’ll keep us from havin’ that spiritual colic that can destroy our lives and the lives of those around us.

God knows that you’re gonna build up crap in your life…but he sent his Son and allowed Him to die a horrible death by bein’ beat, tortured and nailed to a cross…He did that so that you can have the chance to get rid of the crap in your life and then stay spiritually healthy by making a relationship with Him the number one priority in your life.  As long as you’re putting God number one…he’ll never leave ya..he’ll never forsake ya….and if ya feel a colic comin’ on, all ya gotta do is ask Him for help.

“If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.  But if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”  1 John 1:8-9

Jake Hershey 7/15/12

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  • Paul Weatherby

    Hey Jake – Good and correct story!
    I’ve missed commenting on your recent posts although they sure help me thru the “day”.
    By the way, all forms of “colic” usually begin with a “tizzey”. Local politics, overdue “honey-doos”, kids needing to go umpteen dozen ways at once, the ranch foreman ally sorting calves three ways and forgets half-way thru which way was in and bye and straight ahead (can’t hear him anyways), your “fly” open in Wal-Mart Supercenter (you wondered why everyone was so nice smiling), etc.
    You get the point – Let’s get a “The Tizzey” before the “Colic” moments shared with others.
    Keep up the good work and Riding for the Lord!

    • Lol! Thanks Paul and it’s real good to hear from you!

  • Kevin

    Awesome job as always!! Prayer is banamine for the soul….

    • “prayer is banamine for the soul”. I like that! gonna use it sometime….unless you have copy righted it?

  • Jake,
    Thanks….reminds me to get some crap out of my life and quit picking it back up to play with like play-dough!

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