What’s the prize?

As the “dog days of summer” wind down and Fall makes it’s pathetic South Texas attempt to cool things off a bit, I was struck by the reading this morning.

What’s the big deal? Humility is the name of the game right?

Sure, but if you’re like us you’ve been burning through this Summer (and life) building, working, planning, etc. And I know many of you and your accomplishments are, well, monumental as I hope ours are.

As we succeed in life, it’s important to understand why.

1 Corinthians 3:5-7
What is Apollos, after all, and what is Paul? Ministers through whom you became believers, just as the Lord assigned each one. I planted, Apollos watered, but God caused the growth. Therefore, neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who causes the growth.

Don’t take yourself to seriously. Here’s some comedic relief to cool things off.

From Western Horseman courtesy of Mr. Baxter Black, DVM. There are three cowhands that write for the Ventura County Star that inspired these classics.

This is what happens when you get brush hands answering Dear Abby love letters:

Dear Dimensional Troubadors: I’m courting a shiny lookin’ dolly who wants to get married. But she’s been engaged to half the men in Modesto. Should that concern me? – Signed, Reluctant Rouser

Dear Reluck: Shiny’s always good. Besides, Modesto ain’t that big.

Dear Trigeminal Tripods: My husband has come into some inheritance. We need food for the twins and a refrigerator that works, but he wants to invest in a four-wheeler to pull his roping dummy to the funeral in honor of his dead uncle. Am I being selfish? – Signed, Timorous in Tulare

Dear Timorous: Make sure he gets one with four-wheel-drive and the beer cooler attachment.

Dear Truculent Tapaderas: My live-in boyfriend is starting to make eyes at other women. The other love of my life is a hard-to-handle Arabian stallion. I realize I can’t afford them both. What should I do? – Signed, Puzzled in Pioche

Dear Puzzled: Flip a coin and geld the one you keep.

Don’t take life personally. It’s just life. And certainly don’t take yourself too seriously. We are God’s children, but we aren’t God.

Upon the corner stone we stand
brick and mortar in our hands.
And a life of time and insanity in mind.

True accomplishment never found
when mind of society’s ways is bound.
And the champion’s prize his insanity’s size.

Our prize fulfills the plan within
but not our own lest it be sin.
And the pride’s knife is just life.

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