Zan Parr Lindy
2000-2011 AQHA World Finalist, Dam, and now… Spiritual Teacher

Zan Parr Lindy - AQHA World Show Finalist - Tiedown Roping

Shunning the usual poetic intro for pros is not really a choice tonight, but more of a requirement. See, this is probably the tenth or thirtieth (who freakin’ knows) time I’ve tried to write something that rhymes and it’s just not coming.

And the uncharacteristically long block allowed me to think about this whole loss thing. Turns out that this mare is still teaching me months after we lost her.

There’s the problem – Zan Parr Lindy was not a loss. Sure, she was valuable in a dollars and cents manner. She was valuable in a sentimental manner. She was a freak athlete and bloody gorgeous.

But, she was not a loss.

What she was… was a blessing. She was an opportunity. She was exactly what I needed when I needed it and she was the same for everyone else whose lives she was a part of. She was life.

She was life… What the hell is that supposed to mean James?

Well, we all think that if we’re on the right path and do the right things that positive things will happen.


Positive things will happen. But, negative things will also happen. And, it has nothing to do with our actions. Now if you go punch someone in the face, you’re going to be much more likely to get punched in the face than someone who has not punched someone else in the face. However, these reactionary circumstances are not what I’m talking about.

I’m talking about good people living good lives and expecting everything to always be good because they are good. Everything will not be good. Everything will be Just.

And it will be Our Lord’s definition of Just – not ours.

Isaiah 55:8
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD.

It is so easy to have a solid faith when things are going well. Adversity, though, is where we truly find ourselves. The world was not shocked by the shooting at the Amish West Nickel Mines School. The national media reported it, but they were not shocked by it. The reaction from the Amish community, though… that had the nation transfixed. How did they just forgive that guy? Everyone wanted to know. And the Amish; They actually practiced what they preached… What a concept.

A younger, less mature faith always asks why. Why did it happen? Why live this way if things like this are going to happen anyway? Etc. Etc.

Well, it’s not our job to know why. It’s not our job to know why assholes win the lottery – why good faithful people have their children shot while attending school. Thank God. Because we wouldn’t understand anyway. We only have one job.

It’s our job to be faithful through it all.

1 Peter 5:10
And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.


8 thoughts on “Perspective

  1. James, I haven’t checked my e-mail in a while.Today when I cleaned my e-mail out, I was glad to have “Persective” in my mail. You are so Growing. Also I really needed to read this TODAY!

  2. Thanks for sharing and for your faith. It’s so easy to ask why, and so difficult to just accept. It’s ironic how by doing what is hardest, we gain the most peace…

  3. James, I enjoyed reading your thought provoking post. You always make me take the time to slow down and Think.

  4. What a beautiful mare. It’s sometimes hard to remember that having includes losing, living includes dying, and goodbye is implicit in hello. An injunction against taking things for granted, for sure. It’s been a season of losses around here, including the possibility of losing the whole shebang as the farm expenses overshadow the income by a greater and greater margin — and it’s a reminder and a warning to savor every single second of the blessings. Nothing lasts except the love of God, and it’s the only thing we can carry with us through all the having and losing, loving and leaving, goodbyes and hellos.

    I know you don’t know me from Adam’s off ox, but I blundered onto your blog a while back, and appreciate what you write.

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