18 Mar Got Poop? Muck Your Barn!
I have a cow.
Her name is LuLuBell. She’s a sweet, beautiful calf that I bottle-feed. I’ve always wanted to have my own cow. I’m a city girl with a country girl’s heart. I wanted to sew her a bonnet and paint her hooves hot pink. Cows have crazy-long eyelashes to begin with so my plan was to paint her eyelashes with extra-long-lash mascara so they would be like 12 inches long. Then I would show her in the county fair and win the blue ribbon. I’ve never had a cow before.
She’s super cute but she poops.
She poops A LOT.
I’ve never seen so much poop come out of anything. There’s poop EVERYWHERE. So much POOP. She’s only been here a few days and it’s just a poopfest in the barn. That crud is disgusting. It stinks and it gets everywhere. I know that something has to be done but I can’t bare the thought of touching it. I don’t want to be anywhere near that CRUD.
ALL of us have CRUD.
CRUD is anything that keeps us from living in a full relationship with Jesus Christ.
Our lives are like a barn. They start out clean and then we’re born and life begins. At first there’s just one cow pie. But even one little speck of manure will stink if it gets ignored. As time goes on life happens and those cow pies multiply and the piles of crud get deeper and stinky-er.
One little cow can make A LOT of cow pies.
A barn that gets ignored and isn’t mucked, leads to sickness and disease. Even death.
One little human can make A LOT of crud.
A life with crud that gets ignored, leads to sickness, disease and loss of life. (Anger, bitterness, lying, sinicism, cheating, abuse, manipulation, addiction, and emotional paralysis.)
The only way to get rid of the poop is to MUCK YOUR BARN!!!
You can’t just “think” about mucking the barn. “Oh, I’ll get to that later.”
You can’t just stand there “looking” at the barn. Seeing the crud is good, but without action, it changes nothing.
You can’t “ignore” it – it stinks too bad to deny it.
You can’t blame anyone else that YOUR barn wreaks. It may or may not be your fault that the poop is in there. Even justified blame won’t muck your barn. It stinks. It doesn’t matter HOW the poop got there, it’s YOUR barn.
You can’t wait for someone else to come along to muck your barn because NO ONE ELSE IS COMING to muck YOUR barn. It’s YOUR barn.
In order to muck your barn, you’re going to have to get dirty.
And that’s the problem, isn’t it? NOBODY wants to get into the POOP. It stinks. It burns. It makes you sick. But as life goes on, the poop keeps coming. Even as human beings, God made our bodies to work EXACTLY that way. What comes into us from the world, comes out as we get rid of our poopy crud.