Why?    (Photo taken in West Virginia by Good Friend Robin Lucas)


Never Say Never

Never say never. That’s the lesson for me when I found myself asking the title question.

My 11 year old son, Ben and I were picking up supplies to do some yard work when the recommendation of “use cow manure” as fertilizer was made by the store clerk at Ace Hardware. Stepping outside the store to view the proposed solution to our yardwork challenge, we found no price on the bag. I considered the yellow packaging, considered its contents. Ben watched me during this process learning….well, nothing.

I walked back into the store and asked the local hardware man (who was a woman) how much for the cow manure. $2.49 per bag.

Huh. I had no response. None at all.

I mean, $2.49 SEEMS like a lot for cow crap, but I haven’t frequently been in the dung market, so how was I to know?

It was one of those moments where I realized that there is no way to predict what you may find yourself doing, why, with who and to what end. I’m pricing pre-packaged cow turds, for crying out loud. How, again, did this happen?

It Don’t Mean Nuthin’….

Solomon was a man who had done it all, probably even buying loads of cow….um…make that camel dung for his gardens (Ecc 2:5…reference to gardens, not dung). At the end of all the effort, he summarized as follows….

“All was vanity and a striving after wind…” (Ecc 2:11)

A 62 year old greeter I work with at church recently commented “I don’t look at life like I used to”. She works as a hospice nurse. She said people who are in her care want to know where they are going after they die, they want their family and loved ones near and they want to be free from pain. That’s it. Nothing more.

The kind of car, house and clothing they own(ed) makes absolutely no difference. The number of readers of their blog, title and success in their career and other accolades also make no difference.

All those things are parts of the temporal (temporary) in our journey. As the eternal approaches, reality comes into view. We are reminded that this whole earth deal was just a stopover.

We spend (“invest”) money and time into SOOOOO many things in our life that are just completely meaningless. I know, they seem important at the time because we try desperately to draw life out of things that weren’t meant to provide it. At the end of things, only our standing with the One who sent his Son for us will really matter. Your health, your friends, your family. To be loved, both on this side of death and beyond.

 Asking The Right Questions?

So, when you find yourself pondering why you are spending money on cow crap (or if life causes you to reflect for other reasons), step back and consider where you are going and why you are trying to go there. Does it really matter? I mean, really?

“There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw is from the hand of God, for apart from Him who can eat or who can have enjoyment?” (Ecc 2:24-25)

Thanks, Solomon. Eating, drinking and finding enjoyment in our toil isn’t a bad place to be. I’m going to focus on that, cow crap or no cow crap.

Now, if I could just get the flippin’ grass I planted on the bare spots in my yard to grow (maybe I should’ve bought the cow crap…..).


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