A Cowboy’s Faith: Junk pile creates room

buchmanhead“If it hasn’t been used in 43 years, then just throw it away.”

That was generally our analysis when cleaning out the shop for repairs, electrical hookup and storage of stuff that will be used.

Yet, we’ll argue that certain things must be kept for historical value into perpetuity.

A three-hour small engine course was curriculum requirement in college, so Mom insisted we fix the lawnmower that wouldn’t run. With a smarter classmate, we took the engine apart, did everything the prof said we should, put the motor back together, and believe it or, the Briggs & Stratton started and ran.

Still, we just got a “B” in the class, because we really didn’t know what we were doing, and that was proven when we got the mower home. The dumb thing never would start again, even after paying a mechanic uptown to work on it more. So, we stored that dead mower in the shop, until last weekend, when we pulled the rusty relic to the junk pile.

It’s been a long time since we’ve welded, and we’re not sure if our welder will even work. While it might be odd, the welder was a special wedding gift from Uncle Elmer.

Typically not one to give presents, Elmer went all out that time, obviously surprised but pleased that we really could weld. He even apologized, also unusual, to our bride that the welding gift wasn’t necessarily couple appropriate.

Actually, the welder was used extensively several years on many projects, always making Elmer smile. We’re just going to keep it, regardless.

Broken and bent pitchfork prongs, handle-less shovels of every kind, axe bits, maul heads, wooden handles that once fit them all, dilapidated brooms, dozens of short pieces of pipe in varied diameters, demolished cattle panel, tarpaper, roofing shingles, corroded buckets, cracked plastic pails, holey tires, useless tools, cans of rusted bolts, nuts, nails, gadgets, another inoperable lawnmower, and whatnot all went into the junk.

That was the west half, but we must get it hauled away to start the east side.

Reminds us of First Samuel 12:21: “Worthless things which cannot profit you are empty.” Therefore, Daniel 7:8: “He pulled out to make room.” So, Isaiah 65:22: “Look ahead with joy.” Thus, Second Corinthians 5:4: “God whets our appetite by giving us a taste of what’s coming.”


Frank_BuchmanFrank J. Buchman is a lifelong rancher from Alta Vista, a lifetime newspaper writer, syndicated national ag writer and a radio marketing consultant. He writes a weekly column to share A Cowboy’s Faith.


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