The Cowboy Way to Pleasing God

by Kevin on November 15, 2011

Hooley watched as the bronc tried in vain to buck the saddle off that had been tightened around its belly. No more did the horse’s feet touch the ground than did it lift back in the air like a duck from a pond. With grunts and farts and tremendous kicks, the horse spent its energy like a child spends money at a candy store.

As the height of the tantrum started to subside, Hooley looked at Deke and asked, “You ’bout ready to climb on?”

“When his batteries run out, and it looks like he’s on his last AA, I’ll slide up there” Deke said.

Hooley walked his old horse up to the bronc and dallied the lead rope to snub for Deke. “Don’t worry Deke. Have faith and slide on up there.”

“If it’s all the same to you Hooley, I’ll just put my faith in your snubbin’. I ain’t never been able to please God and I never will.”

The horse tried valiantly to buck Deke off, but Hooley’s dally kept him from gettin’ his head down. Pretty soon, the two horses were loping around the round pen like they were joined at the cinch.

As they circled, Hooley asked, “What did you mean, ‘I ain’t never been able to please God’?”

Deke looked up from watchin’ his horse’s ears and said, “I know you’re a good Christian Cowboy Hooley, but we ain’t all like you. I can’t read my bible every day, watch my words, make it to church every time the gate swings open, or even keep from lookin’ at the cute cowgirl that works in the feed store. If God has a naughty and nice list, I know that you’re on top of one column and I’m written in permanent pen at the top of the other.”

Hooley laughed as he asked, “Do you think that’s what makes God happy?”

“Well,….yeah! I think that ’bout sums it up.”

As they slowed to a walk around the round pen, Hooley looked over at Deke and said, “The Lord does like it when we stay in His Word. We do need to watch what we say. And the Bible tells us that we should hunker down around a campfire with other believers. I’ve even noticed how pretty that little cowgirl is, but those things ain’t what pleases God.”

“Well, then what does please him?”

“Have faith that He will take care of you when you ride this old bronc called Life and trust that he can save you when you cross that final creek.”

Faith makes us sure of what we hope for and gives us proof of what we cannot see. It was their faith that made our ancestors pleasing to God. –Hebrews 11:1-2

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Have you tried to “please” God with your works instead of your faith?

Without faith, our works are in vain…

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  • Ryan Goodman

    Great example, but there’s more to the story than Faith. We also need to do our best and live as instructed. It’s true we’ll not be perfect, but when we give our best, He’ll meet us half-way.

    In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do. James 2:17-18

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