A job done right is never done halfway.

by Kevin on October 4, 2010

Everybody has heard the saying, “All work and no play, makes a man plain and stupid and something or something and this and that.” Ok, maybe I should have been able to finish that saying before I said that everybody has heard it. Maybe everyone except me. Anyway, I had about 6 really good friends over one night and we roped and stayed up way past our bed time. We stood out by the horse trailers and talked until nearly 10:30 last night. For those of you who know me well, it is amazing that I lasted that long.

We visited about horse trailers, ropings, horses, ranch rodeos, and anything else you can think of. But the best part of the evening was when one friend gave us a small lesson in horse shoeing. I will protect his identity so he is not bombarded with horse shoeing requests.

He gave us some guidelines to go by on how to know how much to take off the toe when trimming. He told us about going ahead and taking more off the quarters of the hoof than the heel and toe. He showed us some ways to diagnose (cowboy style) some types of hoof problems and their causes. We even had a small lesson on how to mainline a horse. That means give a shot directly in a vein (just like starting an IV).

Three things really stood out during these conversations. Number one was that the person doing all the teaching was the youngest person here last night. Number two was that the oldest kept saying things like, “Man, I didn’t know that. So, that’s how you do that! I’ve always wondered what that was. How do you do that again?” We’ll talk about number three in just a second.

We can learn two things from these first two. You can never be too young to teach a great lesson and never too old and too “know it all” to learn. The reverse is also true. You can never be too old to teach a lesson or too young to learn one. Before this gets back to anyone, there was nobody that I am talking about that was under 25 or over 45. So the terms young and old were just relative to a small group that was here last night.

The third thing that I learned was that it is OK to make a mistake. We were learning about trimming feet and I made the comment that I am always afraid of taking too much hoof off. I am always afraid that I am going to hurt the horse. Our “instructor” said not to worry about that and just do the best job you think you can. He said, “You won’t know if you’ve gone too far until you get there. Don’t be scared of doing a job wrong and only do it halfway. Do the job right, all the way, and if you make a mistake, learn from it.”

For the first time that I can remember, I am not going to tie this into my daily Bible reading. Sometimes God wants to speak to us through His written word and sometimes He just wants to talk directly to us. When you are trying to live for Jesus Christ, we often let fear stop us from doing the job right. We know that the job isn’t finished or that we haven’t given all that we have.

Think back to the last time you thought the Lord wanted you to talk to someone about Him but you didn’t. You let fear of not knowing what to say stop you. “You won’t know what to say until you say something. Don’t be scared of living a Christian life wrong and only do it halfway. Do the job right, all the way, and if you make a mistake, learn from it.”

Are you a “job done half right” Christian? The job I am referring to isn’t anything that you can do or say. This job is loving the Lord your God with all of your heart, soul, and mind. Not just when it is convenient or you need something. Only out of this true love will a true Christian lifestyle emerge. Christian pretending with a wordly lifestyle isn’t what we strive for. Our lifestyle should be a reflection of the love of God that we have. Don’t be scared of doing the job wrong and only do it halfway.

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  • Yep, God has been speaking to me directly and forcefully lately some about what you talk about here and some not so much. The big thing that the LORD has really been speaking to me about though is about waiting to do the job until the time is right. I’m not talking about Christian living or lifestyle, but about making changes and doing ministry type stuff: it doesn’t make any sense to trim a hoof today when you did it yesterday (does it? I’m trying to extend your metaphor here but not entirely sure it works lol). Anyways, thanks for the post!

    • Kevin

      It does work! I know God has been speaking to me about some of the same things. I sometimes plant a seed as God has asked me to do and then I sit there and wait for it to grow. I don’t move on to the next item. Other times, I hurry so much to the next item that I don’t spend the time to make sure it’s done right.

      In speaking of trimming horse’s hooves, I either spend way too much time on one horse or I only trim one foot instead of all four. But Christianity is a marathon according to Paul. We need to be sure that every step is a step worthy of God’s sacrifice, but don’t worry about finishing the race today.

      • “Don’t worry about finishing the race today.”

        Talk about words of wisdom. Right on man!

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