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Summer Comes to a Close for this Cowboy

Howdy friends!

Well, as I have said time and time again, time flies by. Summer is over and school is beginning for children and college students. Another ritual of early Autumn will begin soon on ranches all across the west, and that is the Fall works. The calves that were gathered, doctored, and branded in the Spring will be gathered with the mothers and shipped to market. I’m some cases, ranches will roll the wagon out again, sleeping in bedrolls and in tipis for days or weeks until the entire herd is gathered and calves shipped. Each cowboy will need several horses in his string to do the work. I have horses, one old and one that is a good bit younger, and they don’t get ridden very much because we are on the road almost 200 days a year. A young man I know is coming tomorrow to get my big dapple gray gelding and throw him into his string for the Fall works. He needs extra mounts and, believe me, Smurf’s Royal Wombat, His registered name, (a name I would have never given a horse), I call “Roy” needs the work. Horses are created to work for us and serve us. We are given dominion over creation with means to nurture and steward it, not dominate it, that is another word derived from the same root that has a completely different meaning. So he needs to be doing what he was made for and not just sitting in a pasture getting fat and lazy. That is kind of like us! Now, don’t get offended, I’m not saying you are fat and lazy, at least not physically, but sometimes we are, spiritually! We sit around drinking babies milk and doing nothing, expecting it all to be fed to us and done for us. God’s Word is there for us to know what to do and how to do it. We are told to be holy. (1 Peter 1:16). We are told to “Abide in Christ” and let His Word abide in us. (John 15:4) Ephesians 2:8-10 says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”

We are made to serve The Lord with good works. We are not saved because we behave ourselves, we behave ourselves because we are saved. Works don’t save us but once we are saved we are called to act a certain way and do certain things that grow us closer to The Lord and make us more like He created us to be. Roy is going out with the wagon and remuda because that is what he was made for. We need to do whatever it takes to grow closer to Christ because that is what we were made for.

Thanks for reading!
Jeff Gore
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