Here I am in Utah!
"The Hub" and I love all things western – western, as in the Old West. And twice a year we venture out to western festivals where we enjoy shopping, dressing up (photos of us below!), and visiting with old western TV and movie stars.
Here's a few of the names that are at this year's Western Legends Roundup:
James Drury from The Virginian
Clint Walker from Cheyenne
Dan Haggerty from Grizzly Adams
Cheryl Rogers-Barnett, daughter of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans
Wyatt McCrea, grandson of Joel McCrea and Frances Dee
Johnny Crawford from The Rifleman
Peter Ford, son of Glenn Ford
Robert Fuller from Wagon Train (and Emergency!)
James Hampton from F Troop (he was the bugler)
Do any of these names ring a bell and make you take a walk down Memory Lane?!
Well, let me tell you, we're sure experiencing a second childhood!
One of things we love is how nice people are. Friendly, polite, accommodating. "The Hub" and I are always bemoaning how sad it is that progress and technology seem to be gradually (or not-so-gradually) eroding good old-fashioned values.
The "Code of the West" has disappeared. Three years ago, I blogged about that code, and I thought I'd reprint my thoughts on that here:
There are many versions of the "Code" – but they all have one thing in common.
They closely parallel Biblical principles.
So, without further ado, here's a short version of "The Code of the West" – and a verse from Scripture that corresponds with it:
1. Live Each Day with Courage – "…be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go." (Joshua 1:9)
2. Take Pride in Your Work – "Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord…" (Colossians 3:23)
3. Always Finish What you Start – "Now you should finish what you started. Let the eagerness you showed in the beginning be matched now…"
(2 Corinthians 8:11)
4. Do What Has to Be Done – "Fear God and obey his commands, for this is everyone's duty." (Ecclesiastes 12:13)
5. Be Tough, But Fair – "This is what the LORD says: Be fair-minded and just. Do what is right!" (Jeremiah 22:3)
6. When You Make a Promise, Keep It – "The godly are directed by honesty…" (Proverbs 11:5)
7. Ride for the Brand – "So we are Christ's ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ…" (2 Corinthians 5:20)
8. Talk Less and Say More – "…I will watch what I do and not sin in what I say. I will hold my tongue…" (Psalm 39:1)
9. Remember That Some Things Are Not For Sale – "You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body." (1 Corinthians 6:19, 20)
10. Know Where to Draw the Line – "Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation." (Matthew 26:41)
If it's not yours, don't take it.
If it's not true, don't say it.
If it's not right, don't do it.
"Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable." (Philippians 4:8)
Advice that SHOULD stand the test of time, huh?
The other thing I'm pondering tonight is how much "The Hub" and I wax nostalgic for those good ol' days. We often think it would be so much fun to have been able to live in the Old West. However, granted, we look backward with romantic eyes.
The ACTUAL Old West was a tough frontier.
Lives were hard and often short-lived. Making a living was thankless toil. Hard work was the rule, from sunup to sundown. And I'm not exactly sure I would have fit in real well – (for instance, in my leisure time I don't smoke cigars, play the game of Faro, nor gulp shots of whiskey).
Also, I'm not thinking that I would have done well in the real reality of being a homesteader.
I collect old irons – (as in ironing clothes, not golf clubs!) And those things weigh a TON! I can't imagine hoisting those things to get out wrinkles – I would have had true Biceps of Steel – (instead of these flabby things made of crepe paper that I call upper arms).
And that's not even considering washboard-clothes-cleaning, butter-churning, wood-splitting, horse-shoeing, or a thousand other chores.
"The Hub" and I have the luxury of looking back in fondness, without all the tough stuff.
I think about this.
Sometimes we look back at our own lives, our own memories, and we long for the good ol’ days. Maybe for the blissful and carefree days of childhood. Or the giddy moments of a first love. Or the reckless freedom of adolescence. Or the wonder-full joys of early parenthood.
But, if you think about it, for those of us who believe in Jesus Christ and long for His return, the good ol' days don't lie behind us…
…they hover on the horizon of hope!
Hope for a future in eternity with the Lord!
Hope for a place where the values of the Code of the West will be fulfilled in perfection. Where there will be no more drudgery or heavy-laden hearts.
A timeless time when all will be well, all will be truly well…forever.
Having fun in Utah right now, yes.
But oh, so longing for the Good Ol' Days that await me in the future!
Yee Haw and Yippee Ki Yay!!
Marshal Virgil Earp...
...and His Wife
"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade--kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice..." (1 Peter 1:3-6, NIV)
"Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared...And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven...I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, 'Look, God's home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.' And the one sitting on the throne said, 'Look, I am making everything new!'" (Revelation 21:1-5, NLT)
So what are you looking forward to the most in the Good Ol' Days to come in Heaven?
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