Size Matters

by Kevin on May 7, 2010

I posted on facebook the other day about a little mare that I am thinking about buyin’. Rocky was kind enough to let me keep her for a week to try her out. The more I ride her, the more I like her.

This gray mare is only four years old and she has been day worked on all across Texas. Rocky has drug calves on her. Roped some big steers and had her in brush that would scare a hog.

Rocky is a government trapper. The other day he went to check traps on her and had a bobcat caught. Once the deed was done, he lifted that bobcat up behind him. Fiona snorted a little bit, but she accepted it and they went on.

He ramrodded a gatherin’ for a bank a while back and this mare had a long trot that other horses had to lope to keep up with. He told me that he hasn’t been able to find her quit button yet–and he’s tried.

The most remarkable thing about this mare though is that she only stands 14.2 hands tall (I think that’s a generous estimation). For all the city folk, that’s a tad over 4-1/2 feet tall at her withers (the point above the front shoulders where the neck and back join). She may be small, but she don’t know it. For all she knows, she is 16 hands tall and weighs 1700 pounds. You see, her character is a lot bigger than she is.

I read something yesterday that finally put into words something that I have known for a while. I wish that I would have been able to come up with this profoundly simple statement from Rick Warren: “God cares more about your character than your comfort.”

I am amazed of how many people (myself one time included) treat Christianity as a get rich quick scheme. These people are on the “God Bandwagon” as long as their problems will be removed, their wants will be met, and their lives are made easier. They think that if they “sign up” for this and do that, they will get something in return that will make their lives here on earth better. They seem to ask the question, “What can God do for me?”

I furnish my children things like: saddles, horses, and boots. I don’t give them these things because of anything that they have done, I give them these things out of my love for them because I know they enjoy them. They did nothing to deserve these things other than being my children. Their horses aren’t a reward for good behavior, they are a testament of my love.

But the fact remains, they could live without saddles, horses, and boots. It wouldn’t hurt them to not have these things. As a father, I am more concerned about their character than their comfortable possessions. I value things like:

  • Integrity
  • Honesty
  • Compassion
  • Love
  • Kindness

Size does matter to God. It’s just not the size of your bank account, your job description, or even your level of happiness. Just like that mare, the size of her character is worth more than the size of her body. Because of her character, she is able to do things that other horses will never be able to do.

Who is someone you know that has a character and heart bigger than their bodies or bank accounts?

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  • Kevin, it was wise man that taught me “God is more concerned about where you’re going than where you’ve been.” Works the same with horses I guess (yes I’m a city guy).

    • Kevin

      Bruce, I got nothin’ but love for all ya’ll city folks. I even know a few personally. I live in the country because I just love to be able to go outside in the mornings and …..uh?…well?…hmmmm….drink coffee off my front porch. 😉

  • Kevin,
    Your horse story made me think about an 87 year old man in my church. He has Parkinson’s disease, a twisted back that keeps him in constant pain, and a hernia that won’t let him sit for very long. He is so frail you would think he would blow over with a gentle breeze. He has very few earthly possessions. But, oh how he loves Jesus. He calls me sometimes to go with him to pass out gospel tracts at the nearby university. He says, “I am Rex Newkirk. My name means ‘King of the new church.’ I’m not the king, but I know the one who is. Can I tell you about Him?”
    That’s character! Maybe I’ll write about him on my blog sometime.

    • Kevin

      Wow, forget the blog, I’d read the book!!

    • Rex A. Newkirk

      Dad never was about money, and he never talked to anyone for over a minute without asking Who, or what, they were depending on to escape Hell. He was effected by touch-not-taste-not, goody-two-shoe, neo-galationism. He would have supported Prohibition, and, for awhile, supported the Drug War, its injustice, and its merchandising of the poor. But, he sobered up and became rational when he learned how good marijuana is for all his ailments. Now he drinks קנה בשמ (kineh besem) tea, and doesn’t get crazy when I tell him it was in the holy anointing oil. He had a lot of angst, fear, and trembling, largely due to misinformation from our government mess media, and a reasonable terror of the army raised in our midst to enforce bad laws.

      It’s hard to have watched the old saints like Dad and his friends, who never mixed mission and money, die as televangelists and mega-rich-preachers multiply like carrion.

      If Dad had been able to support a family on what he was paid as a preacher, he wouldn’t have spent so much time selling vacumn cleaners, insurance, and multi-marketed miracle products, and he would have had more time for study. But, whatever he was doing, Dad was telling people the Good News: Christ died to save sinners, which we are.

  • Kevin, very well said. It does look like the LORD is speaking the same word to a bunch of different people all over the place. I love the story though and the emphasis that it places on God building our character rather than building up our enterprises or stock portfolio. I know one guy who God did bless financially but he turned around and used it to feed and house the poor in Kenya. Talk about integrity.

    • Kevin

      I think it goes for us just like it did Solomon. He just asked for wisdom and was given many more things. I don’t think we ever get those “hidden” ulterior motives that many of us have.

  • Speaking Grace

    Loved the story and how it tied into one concept.

    The person I know that has a big heart has a broken body and is confined to a wheelchair, but she changes the life of everyone she meets. Others see her as limited, until they get to know her. Such character and charisma. And she is only 10 years old.

    • Kevin

      Sometimes I think it’s those of us who the world says are “healthy” are really the one’s that are broken.

      I would sometimes watch a horse that was out at the ranch. He only had one eye, but in the evenings when he came into get a drink of water, it seemed as if he would watch the sunset. Maybe he wasn’t, but it sure got me to thinkin’ about how thankful I would be for that one eye. I don’t even appreciate the two that I have most of the time.

  • Kevin, my daughter Madalyn is in the second grade, and one of their assignments this week was to design a family crest. She designed hers into thirds. The top third said family with a picture of the three of us. Below family was the word love with a picture of a heart and a cross. On the other side was the word kindness with Maddie helping a friend. Tears filled my eyes as I looked at the project and realized that my 8 year old has a better grasp on the meaning of life than some 38 year olds I know! Thanks for your post today!

    • Kevin

      And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:3

  • A horse with character. I kinda like that. 🙂

    Hey, thanks for the fun tip I can add to my post on Monday!

    • Kevin

      I can’t wait to see it Monday…thanks for the comment.

  • First time over to your blog from the 31DBBB.. Love the post! The analogies are great. We have such a huge consumerism society right now. And it’s only getting worse.. I’m just as guilty as the next guy. I’m always just scanning things and trying to “Get to the point already”..

    • Kevin

      Ok Scott, I am back from your site and moping!! Please click on Scott’s name above and see what a real blog is supposed to look like.

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