That Must Have Been 20 Years Ago!

That Must Have Been 20 Years Ago!


Ever since Thanksgiving it seems that most of my time and efforts have been consumed with trying to complete the building of our new barn.   Lisa and I are building the barn for our personal use, but we will also use part of it to serve as our new Cattle for Christ office.

            During the office and barn building process, we have tried to do a lot of the work ourselves to save money and to help speed up the process. Thankfully a lot of friends have also helped us do what we could not do for ourselves. As the building project dragged out several weeks longer than what I had ever expected or planned and when it seemed like it would never be completed, (especially within my budget or timeframe), I remember praying several times: “Lord please don’t take me home while I am bogged down doing something so insignificant as building a building!

            I remember several years ago reading a book written by John Piper entitled: “Don’t Waste Your Life”. This book had a significant impact on my life. I have prayed on several occasions and I still pray on a regular basis that the Lord will help me not to waste my life—that I not to be preoccupied with everyday challenges of life, the things of this world, or even in a ministry where we were not in the center of His will for our lives. Though the new office will help us be more effective and efficient in the work of our ministry, it is not what I am most passionate about and I am anxious to get it behind me so that I can get back to giving my full attention to our main mission of making Christ, His salvation and His love known to all the nations—being involved in the spiritual transformation of the lives of people both here at home and around the world.

            During the last two weeks, I have been to two funerals and have missed a few more that I wanted to attend. I have several friends that are currently facing life threatening diseases or injuries. Two weeks ago my brother, my cousin, and I preached the funeral of Uncle Zelda, one of the last two surviving brothers in my daddy’s family. This morning I attended another funeral of a dear friend whose neck I hugged just a few days ago, just two days before she fell and suffered a fatal brain injury. Both of these people were Christians, were ready to meet the Lord, and left legacies that will outlast them. They both touched my life and the lives of so many others in ways that led us into a closer walk with Jesus and showed us more of Him living in and through their lives.

            When I was just a boy, I overheard my daddy and all of his brothers standing under a huge Sycamore tree in our yard reminiscing about something in their past. One of them made the statement: “That must have been 20 years ago.” I remember thinking to myself: “how in the world could anybody remember back 20 years?” Well, I turned 54 on March 19th and that memory I have of them talking was over 45 years ago! Life is indeed short isn’t it? Our time on this earth and in this mortal body is indeed short and fleeting. Whatever God has called us to do, we better get busy doing it. Whatever He has put in our hands, we better get busy using it for His purposes. Whatever lives He has put in our path, we had better be investing in ways that have eternal significance.

            While I have been thinking about these things, I did some reading in the Biblical book of Ecclesiastes, whose authorship is unknown, though most scholars believe to be written by King Solomon who was known not only for his riches, but for His wisdom. To sum up the book, I will use the preface as printed in my Bible:

            “Ecclesiastes studies the meaning of life. The ‘Teacher’ looks at wisdom, pleasure, work, power, riches, religion, and other things. All of these have some value and are useful in the proper time and place, but they have lasting value only if God is at the center of man’s life. Reverence and respect for God and a real devotion to serving God are the most important in making life have meaning. Without God, the ‘Teacher’ says, “everything is meaningless.”’

            These thoughts just beg the questions that we should all ask ourselves: What will my legacy be? What am I investing my life in that will outlast me? Will it outlast fire, famine, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, financial collapse, fatal disease or injury, or a nuclear world war? What am I investing my life in that will last for eternity? Surely, it must be more than buildings, more than a great herd of cows, more than financial gain, more than material possessions, more than memories of good times enjoying hobbies in this life, more than my social standing in the community, more than just doing ministry for the sake of doing ministry.

Whatever I invest my life in, I want it to make a difference in the lives of people, not just for the short time that they have on this earth, but that will make a difference in where and how they will spend eternity. We are all sinners and are hell bound unless we accept the gift of salvation that only Jesus can give. Thanks be to God for what He has done for us through the life, death and resurrection of His Son Jesus.   He lived to show us God the Father. He died in our place taking the punishment for our sin, and He rose from the dead once and for all, defeating death and giving us eternal life. He sent His Holy Spirit to be our comforter, guide and companion.

            Don’t waste your life! Invest in what will last for Eternity. What will your legacy be?

Devotions by Year

  • Even Bulls Can Learn To Get Along
  • Changed Minds
  • Today is the Day
  • Sometimes We See What's Not There
  • Why Do You Farm?
  • Misplaced Aggression
  • Feasting On Filler
  • 'Get Some Rest': Not As Easy As It Sounds
  • Lessons From Freddy
  • Just Tired and Reflecting
  • Safe Pasture
  • Sin: Just Like Fall Army Worms
  • Blood Cleanses
  • Just Cute Little Harmless Pups
  • Life: A Series of Pipping
  • Just Because He Loves Us!
  • No Excuses!
  • Oh! Now You Tell Me!
  • Live Like You Were Dying
  • But You Didn't Tell Me!
  • Time to Choose
  • A Gift for the Man Who Has Everything and Realizes That He Really Has Nothing
  • Celebrate the Harvest
  • Falling Stars
  • Easier To Lead Than To Drive
  • Weeds, Weeds, Weeds!
  • Grace Is Like Grits
  • We Can’t Do It ‘Ourselves’!
  • I Wouldn’t Make a Good Cowboy
  • What Are We Thinking?
  • Your Walk Talks
  • Activity is No Substitute for Reproduction
  • Who Would Have Ever Thought It?
  • Thankful for Boundaries
  • Cover It Up Or Fix The Problem?
  • What Will Your Legacy Be?
  • I Wish I Had Been There! I Wish I Had Not Forgotten!
  • If God Can Use a Dove....?
  • Hope In The Midst Of Hopelessness
  • I Don't Know You!
  • Like A Straddled Squirrel
  • Sounding the Alarm: This Is Not a Test!
  • Don’t Let The Urgent Keep You From The Most Important
  • We Never Know Who We Have In The Basket
  • Uh Oh--Jesus' Got Toothpaste On His Head!
  • A Moment of Silence is like Preg Checking a Bull
  • A Chicken's Right to Choose
  • Got to Leave Right Now! What Do I Take With Me?
  • He is Able—But if He Does Not!
  • Declarations of Independence: Properity or Destruction?
  • Blackie: One In A Hundred-In More Ways Than One
  • Who Is Holding On The Tightest?
  • That Must Have Been 20 Years Ago!
  • It's Almost Time
  • Keeping Me Awake At Night
  • Better Be Dressed
  • CHRISTMAS My Favorite Time of the Year
  • A Nation Without God is a Nation Without Hope
  • Bush Hogging During a Severe Drought?
  • When the Heart Dies—the Whole Body Dies With It
  • Depopulate and Eradicate (or) Expiate and Propitiate
  • If I Could Only Say One Thing and Had One Last Chance to Say It
  • Go Ahead and Jump Son—Daddy Will Catch You
  • The Final Dispersal
  • Chicken Piping—He Sees Them All
  • “Takes the Teeth Out”
  • Making It Harder Than It Is
  • Why Was He Born?
  • What to do when you don’t know what to do
  • A Dry And Thirsty Land Where No Water Is
  • If Only These People Will Change
  • Go Fishing—You Never Know What You Might Catch
  • Some Droughts are Preventable
  • Celebrating ‘True Freedom’
  • Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone
  • Victory Through Surrender
  • Responding Like a Sick Calf?
  • Our Life’s Investment: A Time for Reflection
  • Preg Checking: Open! Bred! I Ain’t Sure!!
  • Confidence To Face The New Year
  • Two Virgins and a Baby—The Irony and the Gift of Christmas
  • Precious Moments in the Calving Pasture
  • Working On a Building
  • What is the Foundation of Your Faith?
  • To Walk on Water—You Have to Step Out of the Boat
  • Only One Life to Live
  • The Uniqueness of a Mother’s Love
  • A Prayer That God Will Always Answer
  • Lessons from a Boar
  • When You Have Done All You Can Do to Stand: Stand Firm
  • Lowing in the Distance
  • Not My Dirty Feet!
  • Where did it go CFCI devotional
  • The Day ‘Tater’ Died
  • Life’s Lessons from the Chicken Yard
  • Christmas Choices
  • Experiencing God in the Calving Pasture
  • FAMILY: On and Off the Farm
  • Unity is More Than Important—It is Absolutely Essential
  • God, I’m not ______________. I AM!
  • The Rod and the Staff
  • The Good Shepherd Leads the Way
  • The Good Shepherd
  • Blessed to be a Blessing
  • Mama Should Have Named Me Martha
  • FENCES: On the Farm & In Our Lives
  • The Harvest Depends on the Heart
  • The Gospel & Our Response to God's Grace
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