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Direct from David: A little country wisdom

I am a little country. I like country music (which is really three chords and the truth!) and wearing Wrangler jeans. I like the south and have a slight accent. I am a tad folksy and have even been known to ride a horse (not just the one at Walmart.)

I’ve discovered there is a lot of wisdom from country folks and cowboys. A friend sent me some cowboy Proverbs. They are Bible paraphrases not written by scholars or theologians, just some cowboys who have a love for the Bible and helpin’ cowboys and cowgirls understand its vast beauty. Here are a few…

  • Proverbs 16:4 – The Lord doesn’t do things accidently. He keeps wrongdoers breathing, just so they can get what’s coming to ‘em.
  • Proverbs 17:9 – Pardners don’t hold anything against each other, but it’s a lonely trail for those who hold grudges.
  • Proverbs 17:16 – Don’t pay money to send a fool to school that doesn’t want to learn.
  • Proverbs 17:20 – Lies and dishonesty will get you bucked off before you ever get your leg over the saddle.
  • Proverbs 19:2 – When willingness and stupidity ride together, they are sure to miss the trail.
  • Proverbs 20:13 – Go ahead and stay in bed, if you want to starve yourself. If you’re hungry, get your butt up and go to work.
  • Proverbs 23:19-21 – Listen to my words, and you’ll see that I’m pointing you down the right trail. Don’t be a heavy drinker or a heavy eater. Both of these will take your money, and you’ll end up being poor and lazy.
  • Proverbs 24:21, 22 – You must always respect the Lord and the ranch manager. Don’t be pardners with anyone that talks trash about either.
  • Proverbs 25:4, 5 – You got to take all the crap out of the silver before it can be pure. Cowboys ain’t no different. If you want to clean up the ranch, start by getting rid of any troublemakers.
  • Proverbs 25:14 – Broken promises are like dry thunderstorms that only start fires.
  • Proverbs 26:10 – Hiring a fool is like a blindfold target practice.
  • Proverbs 27:21 – The fire is for the branding iron and the furnace for the gold, but a top hand is treated by the praise he receives from the crew.

One other wise axiom I saw too (whether you’re country or not) – Eat your food as your medicines. Otherwise you have to eat medicines as your food.My prayer is that you will take some of these Cowboy Proverbs and apply them this summer as you ride down your trail! 

Hope your trail includes participating in Solve 7 Summer! Not only will we be dedicating a whole sermon series to Solve 7 later this summer, we will also be worshipping with our hands and feet on Solve 7 Sunday on August 12. Everyone and anyone can participate. What part will you play this summer in removing physical barriers to create spiritual opportunities?

You may have missed it, but a very Biblical word was used as the final word in the Scripps National Spelling Bee last week. Karthik Nemmani of McKinney, Texas, correctly spelled koinonia to win. (Here’s CNN’s story.) Merriam-Webster defines koinonia as “1: the Christian fellowship or body of believers” and “2: intimate spiritual communion and participative sharing in a common religious commitment and spiritual community.” Perhaps you can’t spell koinonia, but you are seeking it! If so, check out the ‘Find Your People’ tab on the Whitewater App to begin. You’ll find a ton of options like young adult activities, motorcycles, father’s breakfast, and a dozen other things. Find your people and plug in!

Don’t miss this Sunday, June 10 as we welcome Michigan State Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein to share his testimony. Justice Bernstein is the first state Supreme Court justice who is blind. Much of his legal work has focused on protecting the rights of people with disabilities, which is done pro bono. Bring a friend this weekend to hear The Judge – whether you are from the country or the city!