Cowboys don’t need no stinkin’ GPS!

by Kevin on May 12, 2010

The sun was as high in the sky as it could get. The shadows hid underneath the brush to protect themselves from the heat. Every direction shimmered and looked the same. There were low rollin’ hills covered with thorns and stickers as far as the eye could see.

My swath of pasture that day gatherin’ cattle was takin’ me on a northwest course. I had not been in this pasture and so I wasn’t really sure what was in store for me that day.

I spotted cattle and eased in behind them to set them on their trek north. When they spotted me, I knew this wasn’t goin’ to be easy. They stood there about 3 seconds and then scattered like quail. These weren’t your average cows. I swear they must have had Tom Brady as their quarterback. When they broke their huddle, the all went and the went fast–in totally different directions.

I was so focused on getting them all back in their huddle that I didn’t pay much attention to what was around me. I was much too busy on the current task to think about where I had been or where I was supposed to be going. When I got them all gathered up and back together, I started them in the direction that I “thought” was correct.

Within about two minutes, I came upon a fenceline. There wasn’t supposed to be a fenceline for about 6 miles. I looked around for some land mark or something, but the sun straight over head and the low rolling hills offered no help at all. I was lost.

We get so hyper-focused on the current problem or situation in our lives that sometimes we forget to pause and make sure we are not getting off track. You can try to walk as straight a line as you can, but if you don’t look back occassionally and see where you’ve been and keep in mind where you are going, you will get turned around and end up lost.

This also applies to readin’ your Bible. Probably the most famous passage in the Bible is found in John 3:16. It says, “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.”

But let’s take a look back a few verses and look forward a few and we see the much bigger picture of what Jesus was talking about. (By the way, many people know that verse, but they don’t know that it was Jesus who said it.)

Two verses before John 3:16

14 “And as Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15 so that everyone who believes in him will have eternal life.”

Two verses after John 3:16

17 God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. 18 “There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son”.

I wasted more time that day gatherin’ cattle by getting in a hurry and not payin’ attention to the bigger picture. We all need to slow down and keep in mind how far we’ve come and where we are headed. There are goin’ to be problems, trials, tribulations, and just flat-out bad days sometimes. Don’t get so focused on them that you forget where you came from and most definately don’t forget where you’re headed.

The question is–Do you know where you’re headed?

For more information and further readin’, please take the time to visit these pages.

How to get on the trail that leads to eternity.

How to handle that problem you’re dealin’ with.

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  • Another great post my friend. Tell your son to keep swinging away!

  • Missy Mulkey

    This one came at just the right time. Thank you. I’ll be missing church on Sunday. I’m going to Oklahoma for my son’s graduation. Have a wonderful weekend.

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