Tough Things To Do – Guest Post by Jake Shue

by Kevin on April 1, 2011

I’d like to introduce everyone to a good friend of mine Jake Shue. He is the Pastor at the 4 Bar S Gathering in Pueblo, Colorado. I will have the privilege of preachin’ there this Sunday morning. I am bringin’ Barry Ward with me to provide some awesome Christian Cowboy Music. If you’re in the neighborhood, drop in and hang out with us.

Without further ado–Jake Shue.

Have you ever had to put a horse down?  Sure you have.  Any of you who have had horses for any length of time knows what this is like.  If you haven’t had horses those of you who have had to put a dog down also know what this is like.  I had to put one of our horses down a few days ago.  It was our youngest boy’s horse and we called him “Cowboy Hat” though his registered name was “Durn Star Cutter”.  He was a special little horse that had crooked legs, but accomplished quite a bit (tied for #1 in country in flag racing in 2008 going into the National Little Britches Finals Rodeo in the Little Wrangler class; packed elk out of the mountains on hunting trips; worked cattle, etc.).  The main thing he accomplished, however, is to bring joy into our sons’ lives.  Both our sons loved him, but he was more our youngest boy’s horse.

Do you know that in the very beginning, when God created the earth and all that is in it, he had Adam name the animals.  You can read this in Genesis 2:19, 20.  Naming the animals implies Relationship.  In the book of Job the Bible tells us in chapter 12 verse 7, “But ask the animals, and they will teach you,…”   God’s Creation speaks of God.  It tells us of design, order, and other things that reflect some of God’s attributes.  But we can only know specifically about God through Jesus Christ.  “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word” (Hebrews 1:3).  “And He is the image of the invisible God…” (Colossians 1:15).    Jesus also told Philip, “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father…” (John 14:9).

The name “Philip” by the way, means “lover of horses”, but God wants us to love them the way He loves them, not in the place of God as some people have put animals, and not on equal par to other humans.  Love them, YES!  Worship them, NO!  He put us humans in charge of the earth and the animals and we are to take care of them and manage them (Yes, some we raise for food or hunt for food or kill to protect other animals.  That is also okay with God too).  I know you take care of your animals and many of you will do without to help one of your horses. I know you will also do without to help another cowboy or cowgirl with his or her horse also.

It hurt bad to put my boy’s horse down on Monday.  It is not something I want to go through again anytime soon, if ever.  This situation took me back to my childhood when my dad had to put his good horse “Badger” down.  It was the only time I ever saw my dad cry over an animal.  It also reminded me of when I had to put my childhood horse down (I had him for 25 years).  I have a friend who wrote a devotional, “It’s OK to Scream Like a Girl When a Horse Is Standing on Your Toe” (Kevin Weatherby at Campfire Cowboy Ministries), but it is also OK for a grown man to cry when he puts his kid’s horse down.

When you love, you take the chance of being hurt, but if you do not take a chance you will never know what it is like to love and be loved.  For those of you who have not quite made up your mind about God I would like to challenge you to let God love and take care of you like you take care of your horses (He will do it better!).  There is a WARNING!!  It will change your life!  Just like my family changed the life of a horse, God wants to change your life, to give you something you’ve never had.  “For God so loved the world (put your name here) that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world (put your name here), but to save the world through him” (John 3:16,17).

Those of you who have already made this commitment, I hope you didn’t mind the reminder.  Keep ridin’ for Him.

Jake Shue
4 Bar S Gathering

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  • Nice tie-in, Jake. My faithful companion of 28 years went peacefully out of hospice at Aspen Ranch (residential youth ranch). Tough to haul her, and her repose in the animal dump wasn’t comforting. A life of love invested make the pain of passing bearable.

    Caught your site accidentally, Kevin, and now wonder where I’ve been. Old ranch up in Woodland Park now belongs to someone else, but it’s memories are the platform for my own book now in progress, Generational Fathering. Just posted on this morning and on my own Drop in for a visit. Signed up and I’ll follow your Tweets

    • Kevin

      Lot’s of great stuff over there. Welcome to the Campfire Gary!! Sit down and grab you a cup of coffee and you’ll meet some fellows and gals that are tried and true.

  • Don Coyote

    Thanks Jake, for a couple reminders.

  • I never get tired of the reminders included in your post Jake. Thanks.

    • Kevin

      Jake says, “Thank you ma’am.”

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