Jan/Feb 2021 Stock Show Edition




ne of the things I look forward to at the National Western, and this year at the Cattleman’s Congress, is seeing the winners of the “Herdsman of the Year” within the various breed associations. This award goes to someone that has helped bring success to the cattle operation in and out of the showring. The herdsman must be willing to constantly learn and adapt to improve the success of the operation. This requires humility, maturity, and respect. A good herdsman works patiently with junior exhibitors and teaches them the skills it takes to make their cattle look their best, while being a good role model to them in the process. A successful herdsman needs to be willing to do anything it takes to get the job done, while accepting the fact that they will not be the one in the spotlight getting the credit at the end of the day. All of these characteristics line up with what Jesus teaches us to do as Christians. In 1 Timothy 3:1-4 , Paul writes, “1 Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. 2 Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self- controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,

3 not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4 He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect.” Paul is writing about what it takes to be a leader in the church; we all should hold ourselves to be better leaders, role-models, and Christians. Paul writes in Romans 12:3 , “3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.” When we view ourselves in the eyes of God, and give Him the glory for all things, it keeps us humble. The gifts that we have are given to us by the grace of God. On the same note, we all have shortcomings in our life, but God offers us His grace. Because Jesus died on the cross for our sins, we can all be different, and continue to be changed and grow as Christians. The gospel says that God’s love will change us if we only believe and trust in Him. The good news is that we are all good enough to be the herdsman of the year in God’s kingdom. We just have to accept and believe in Him, ask for forgiveness, and commit to follow Him. Just remember at the end of the day, Jesus is always the star of the show. •

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