Who knew having so much fun could be this rewarding. Last year Samantha joined the Hawley Saddle Club & began participating in play days at their arena. She rode Roman, her 22 year old gelding, in barrel racing, the flying w, poles & all of the other events. She loved riding & we loved watching. At the end of the year banquet she ended up in 2nd place overall in the pee wee girls division (ages 9-11). Her prize was the stirrups you see in the picture.
As we talked about rewards over dinner one night I told them I was teaching Matthew 6 that week & we read verses 19-20 & talked about what that means.
19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.
I told them that when I was a freshman in high school I looked in the varsity dressing room & they had a small name plate of all of the All-District players through the years. I was determined to do every thing I could to see my name up there one day. Well, 4 years later I made it. My name was on the wall for all to see for all time. Except it wasn't. Two years later I came home for a visit & went to talk to some coaches at the school. When I went in the locker room to admire my accomplishment, it was gone! There was a new coach there & he changed the whole dressing room. My name plate that I worked so hard for had a new permanent place; in the trash.
Sierra then reminded us of her feelings about getting a Golden Retriever a year & a half ago. She said, "I thought that getting the perfect dog would make me happy all of the time, but it didn't. When I bought Skye it didn't bring the satisfaction that I thought it would. That's when I knew I needed to become a Christian because I realized that only Jesus can satisfy like that."
Our prayer is that Samantha, and the rest of us, will realize where our true treasures are.