Fair Haven Church

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2900 Baldwin Street
Hudsonville, MI 49426
Sundays 9am & 11am

Don’t Lose Your Cow

January 10, 2014


Show me one person in the Bible who always got it right and I will show you Jesus. Other than Him there is nobody. The fact that we all fail is likely the reason we have so many sayings about it. Fail forward. When you fall off the horse, get back on it. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. It’s not the start that matters, but the finish. Aim for the moon and even if you miss you will end up among the stars. Don’t cry over spilled milk. Or, as they say in Texas, “It doesn’t matter how much milk you spill as long as you don’t lose your cow!”

Don’t lose your cow. I love that! You can spill a lot of milk as long as you have a cow to back you up. The problem for too many is that they have been conditioned by their surroundings to avoid any risk of failure. When I was a child my best friend and I took the wheels off a pair of skates, screwed them into a long piece of plywood and walked a few miles to “Boulder Bluff Hill”. You can probably see where this story is going. On the backside of the condominiums on Baldwin Street, we put the two man skateboard to the test and without helmets! Admittedly we could have lost our cow on that move, but we survived.

Perhaps the reason we fail to risk is we feel we are risking failure? Lou Brock said, “Show me a guy who is afraid to look bad, and I’ll show you a guy you can beat every time.” I wonder if it is humility that can actually drive us to risk great things for God while worrying little about what we might look like? There have been so many great men and great women that failed time and time again. Their greatest teacher was their mistakes. Failure means little unless you fail to learn from it. So, fail boldly. We all do it. Risk again, but don’t lose your cow.

Greg VanderMeer