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One Big Bull of an Idea for More Light and Life

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Back on the old home place we never owned a bull. We usually kept a cow for milk, a pig or two for slaughtering, a couple of horses, chickens for eggs, and an occasional chicken dinner... but no bull.

In my somewhat eventful life I have been chased by a broad assortment of critters. A disgruntled elephant was the largest. A bull elk with blood in his eye almost got me. Chased by a horde of bald faced hornets, some of which caught me; chased by a dog or three; and yes, I was chased by a very ticked-off bull once, but that is another story. 

The fact that I am still taking up space on planet earth should tell you that I outran most of those varmints.

But Daddy had a farmer friend who owned a big, old, mean bull. That bull was one dangerous animal, until the farmer came up with an idea.

Now this was many years ago when many of the farms didn’t have electricity, but the farmer fixed that belligerent bull, as well as the electricity deficit at the same time by making a treadmill-powered generator. He would lead that bull up onto the treadmill, throw a lever, and the treadmill would start to slowly turn just by the weight of the bull. As the treadmill turned, the bull would walk, and as the bull walked the treadmill turned, ad infinitum. As the bull walked and the treadmill turned the generator started to gen, or whatever it is that generators do, and the farmer had electric lights in his barn.

Pretty darned clever if I must say so, and that bull was so tired after walking for a few hours he lost all his desire to create mischief. I mean, that mean old bull walked until he was too pooped to poop.

I suppose Papa God could treat us that way, too,  but He gave us free will, which, to my way of thinking, was pretty darned considerate, if you know what I mean.

If you're feeling like you're on a treadmill more days than not, and all the bull-charging power seems to go more toward other light-bright projects in the world than lighting up your own life and family... maybe it's time to take a break. Step off that track - even if for an hour or two - and give some thought to  how that can change. 

We're not animals. We've been blessed with a brain and spirit. We're meant for purpose and pleasure. Reconnect with your Creator, and see how He can help you create a life with more meaning and moments. Take time to fill up so you have something more than "bull" to pour out - something akin to heart and soul. You, your friends and family, and those you work with, will be inspired by a new kind of light generated  by choosing a different path.

Jesus said, "I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness." (John 12:46) No matter how dark or hard life can get, there's always hope and light with God. May he shine that light on you, illuminate your mind, and set you on a better path of life today!

Charles Towne
Charles Towne

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  • mtmcfaddenfla

    Sage advice sir and something I must force myself to do every once in a while. I often joke that, since I retired, I don’t know how I had time to go to work. I dearly love all of the things I get to do since I retired but sometimes I just have to take time for me and re-charge my batteries. Bless you my friend.

    Monday, November 15, 2021 Report this

  • CharlesTowne1

    MTMCFADDENFLA, WHEN WE LIVE FOR OTHERS WE HAVE A JOY THAT SUPERSEDES EVERYTHING ELSE , ANT THAT IS YOUR BLESSING! HE WILL KEEP YOU CLOSE MY FRIEND AND MY BROTHER. KEEP THE COURSE, STAY THE COURSE! CHAZ

    Thursday, November 18, 2021 Report this