Monday, November 29, 2010

Wild Mustangs

Bill Rice Ranch - First Light Devotionals 

I Thessalonians 2:19  "For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?"




Miller Coliseum, in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, is the largest building of its kind in our area.  Rodeos, horse clinics, and all types of equestrian events are held there.  In October, an event called "Mustang Makeover" was held at the coliseum.  The idea is to take a wild mustang, break him, and then show other cowboys your handiwork at the makeover event!


Sometimes camp (or your church youth ministry) can feel like "Mustang Makeover."  Are you thinking of a teenager in particular when you think of breaking a wild horse?  Some "wild" teens never grow up; and years later, pastors and Sunday school teachers are left to work with "unbroken" adults.  Just like horses, we need to have our wills broken.  We ought to allow the "rein" (reign) of God to rule in our lives.


In ministry, oftentimes we can lose sight of what really is important.  If you live for and expect a big payday, large numbers, or even recognition and thankfulness from those you serve, you are destined for disappointment.  I Thessalonians 2 tells us what is truly important in life.  Paul reminds us that the very challenge of ministry is also the reward!  Problems today can be your prize tomorrow.  The "wild mustangs" you are breaking today can one day be your "hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing."


Today, remember that the greater your burden now, the greater your joy in the future.  When you have problems, do not get so focused on breaking mustangs that you lose sight of the reward coming later!  This truth also applies to raising kids or ministering in your church.  The prize-winning cowboys at the "Mustang Makeover" aren't winners because they broke old, haggard horses; they won because they broke spirited, strong-willed horses. The reward comes after all the hard work!


Only God can change hearts; and only God can empower you to make a difference to those you serve.  Remember that the greater the burden now, the greater the reward will be laterRely on God's power this week as you work with people who are a bit "wild" and "unbroken."  Let's saddle up and get to work!

Prayer Requests
- BRR Conference on Marriage & the Home this weekend (12.2-4)
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