Man Hunter

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:40

A Thursday evening here in the countryside, its been raining all day pert near, which is very unusual in itself in mid Minnesota at the end of December. Tomorrow those that supposedly know are talking snow and wind. Well, bring er on I say, (besides, what can I do about it), and I’ll clean up anything that needs cleaning on this place. This past Monday we went to a movie, which is really saying something, because I just don’t get out and go to movies all to often.The time span between movies is measured in years for me. But a few times in a life time there comes a movie that will pull me to town and give up an evening at home. Went and seen True Grit and now I don’t have to see a movie for at least ten more years the way I figure it. Son of a gun, that movie was custom made for me! Our pastor at church told me that I had better go and see it, because at the movie our pastor couldn’t stop thinking that this is Tom’s kinda stuff! Right on! Now what would a grizzled, drunken U.S. marshal have in common with a fella like me. Well, I sure ain’t perfect either! Far from it. But ol’ Rooster, he had a good heart, even with all his shortcomings. He helped that girl right up to the end, especially at the end to save her life. He was a man hunter, but he had a soft side. But with that soft side was some gritty determination that many do not have. Now, I’ve been thinking about this all week long after seeing that movie, (and yes, I did see the original eons ago and liked it, I just like this one better for some reason). Now of course it doesn’t hurt in catching my attention to throw in a Bible verse in the first scene of the movie and end the movie with a hymn. It truly reminds me of ministry though. In evangelism, that’s what they label me as nowadays in the organization that covers our church, a fella is more like a man hunter than a sheep herder. I remember a couple months ago I was feeling a little down and out doing cattle feeding one morning during deer hunting, having a pity party of sorts. feeling sorry for myself that I couldn’t take a few days off to go shoot some government goats. I musta been muttering out loud, talking to God, and boy did I get the answer right quick. That quiet still voice told me, “you have a license, and it ain’t for deer, its for men”. Now I tell you, when a fella has these kinda moments they stick with you! OK, I said, and I must admit I understood perfectly. How God can take a simple, sometimes grubby cattleman and use him for hunting down folks for the Kingdom of God. In the next couple weeks He sure confirmed it because men were brought into the kingdom when ever we headed out hunting. And a fella just has to hunt em down, God cleans em! This New Year I’m dedicating to a full years worth of man hunting. Just like a bounty hunter, track em down, follow leads, do what ever it takes. I ain’t the best person on earth when it comes to church stuff, to put it bluntly I do get bored with a bunch of bleating sheep. And I must admit that the Bible really pegged it when it compares church folks with sheep. I raised enough of them things to know what the Bible is really talking about! But I won’t get into that here. I just want to hit the road and do what I was called to do, hunting. It ain’t easy sometimes, it takes some grit, but there is nothing else on this earth that makes me feel more alive than this.

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