Moderately Speaking – Guest post by Jake Hershey

by Kevin on March 14, 2012

When it comes to the things in life I find pleasure in, I’ve never been good at doin’em halfway, or a little bit, or just enough.…………

No, the terms that would more accurately describe my approach would be all out, excessive, over indulgence, etc…..

My earliest memory of really taking an interest in something is just plain wantin’ to be a cowboy.  Every picture in my bedroom was of horses and cowboys, etc.  I wanted to walk like a cowboy, talk like a cowboy, dress like a cowboy, think like a cowboy….if it had anything to do with bein’ a cowboy, I loved it.  And buddy, when Lonesome Dove came out, it was “Katy bar the door”.  We couldn’t afford to get me any stove pipe boots like Gus had, so I did the next best thing….I stuffed toilet paper in the toes of an old pair that my buddies’ dad had and waddled around in them.

Fast forward about 10 years to high school….I’m on the wrestling team.  The thing to do if you’re a serious wrestler (as far as I was concerned) is cut weight….my sophomore year of high school I cut so much weight that the nurse called me in her office along with the guidance counselor to ask if I was on drugs.  I wasn’t of course, I just really liked wrestling so naturally, I went overboard (in their eyes, anyway).

By the time I was 17, I had started to figure out bronc riding fairly decent and needless to say, I was 110% consumed with rodeo.  So much so that I quit the wrestling team so that I could drive 4 hours south on the weekends and enter an indoor winter rodeo series.  The rodeo obsession paid off, as I got a real good scholarship to college rodeo.  I shattered my leg at the first college practice I ever got on a bronc at…classes hadn’t even started.

Not to worry, as I was now in college and there were other things that I quickly found out I enjoyed.  Things like whiskey, beer, wild women, parties, etc……..naturally, I took all of those things to the extreme as well.  So much so that it almost killed me more than once, literally.

About 3 years after graduating college, going overboard with the things I enjoyed had gotten me numerous broken bones and surgeries, wrecked vehicles, lost friendships, no money, etc.  I thought I was happy-I still had enough money to go to some rodeos and sometimes I even won a little bit.  That’s when God put the greatest girl he ever created smack dab in front of me.  She had absolutely no interest in guys like me, but for some reason (the grace of God), she gave me her phone number.  I really liked this girl….which wasn’t normal for me….but I soon realized (because she told me) that she wasn’t gonna put up with all the over indulgences I had.  She taught me a new word…moderation.  Like I said, I really liked this girl, so I decided to give moderation a try.

A few months later, things were rockin’ along purty good with me and this girl.  Moderation seemed to be agreeing with me.  This girl suggested we go to a cowboy church….most of her suggestions had seemed good so far, so that’s what we did.  Then we went back the next week.  Then the next, then the next, etc.  Two years later we were gettin’ hitched and baptized together the next day in that same church.

Moderation had been workin’ out great….but I had a problem.  I loved this girl so much I didn’t want to do it moderately.  And the closer I got to God, the more I wanted to be around Him, too.  So I started to get in His word….and I learned that moderation is a good thing, most of the time.  I also learned that when it comes to lovin’ the Lord and doin’ the things He wants ya to do and lovin’ your spouse, moderation ain’t enough.

My wife and I have been together over 7 years now and married almost 5…and things couldn’t be better.  Our relationship with God and each other is what I’m passionate about…so it consumes me….but that’s what God wants!

As for the other things I enjoy, I’ve learned that it’s all about moderation.  Except for the whole bein’ a cowboy thing….I never did get over that.

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’” Matthew 22:37

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  • Greg Box

    Great Message This Morning Thank You!

    Blessings To You And Your Family Always,

    Greg

  • Good message, Jake! Amazing how God works on foolish cowboys!

  • Jake

    Hey, I never said I was foolish! Keep your opinions to yourself! Lol! Thanks fer the comments, guys.

  • Jean Nelsen

    Thanks Jake.

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