A matter of ownership

Published 11:00 am Sunday, May 12, 2024

Hi, all! Just a thought to help start your day. 

It has been many, many years since I’ve tried to ride a horse. I enjoy watching those graceful animals. I have attended barrel racing competitions, rodeos, and presentations by the large Clydes-dales. And I understand the need for good training, good equipment, and safety precautions. A good rider needs a good saddle.

This particular saddle and bridle, made of leather, silver, and gold, is on display in a downtown San Antonio, Texas, museum. I walked around it and admired it for some time. Because I’m not a horse owner or rider, I knew nothing special about this saddle in comparison to any other saddle. I just knew what it was. Nice looking, functional, and in great shape.

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What makes this particular bridle and saddle combo special? They belonged to and were used by the amazing cowboy and star Roy Rogers. It was just a saddle that could be used on any horse. But it is made more special, more important, because of the one to whom it belonged.

A basketball in my hands is worth nothing, but put it in the hands of Michael Jordan and you have a wonderful thing. A violin would be effectively useless to me, but to a concert violinist, what wonderful music it could produce! On my own, I am nothing. But in the hands of my Lord Jesus, what amazing things I can be!

You may be struggling right now to find your identity, your purpose, your mission. On your own, you feel inadequate, less than useful, and confused by it all. Let me encourage you to place your life, your will, your emotions, your struggles and difficulties into the hands of the Master.

A simple person you may be. However, when you’ve been touched by the Master, you are museum-quality! You are one of a kind. You are irreplaceable — All because of the One to Whom you belong!

Just a thought. ’Til later.

Brad Campbell can be reached at mastah.pastah@yahoo.com.