A Cowboy’s Faith: In search of wisdom

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Here by the owl.”

Many people affiliated with agriculture during their lifetimes remember the advisor’s part of opening ceremonies during FFA meetings.

Yet urbanites don’t even know FFA is acronym for Future Farmers of America. However in 1988, the group for high school students enrolled in vocational agriculture “got a different moniker.”

Despite controversy the name was changed to National FFA Organization “reflecting the growing diversity in agriculture.” How anybody has any idea what FFA means is incomprehensible, but that’s beside the point.

Anyway in response to the FFA chapter vice president’s query: “Why stationed by the owl?” Mr. Morrison, agriculture instructor and FFA advisor, informed.

“The owl is a time-honored emblem of knowledge and wisdom. Being older than the rest of you, I am asked to advise you from time to time, as the need arises. I hope that my advice will always be based on true knowledge and ripened with wisdom.”

His advice then and for more than five decades since has been sought and important to many life’s decisions.

Wisdom is the ability to think and act using knowledge, experience, understanding, common sense and insight.

Reminders have come from the hoot owl in the trees south of the arena several times in the past week. Night’s sleep, not all that sound of recent anyway, has been interrupted more by Mr. Owl’s hoots. The big bird isn’t seen very often but he’s sure been around during dark hours.

Besides their hoots audible for a half mile, owls help control rodents, bugs and predator birds. Maybe the two ranch tomcats are being forced to share their supper.

Owls are supposed to be high in education, knowledge, intelligence and wisdom. Perhaps Mr. Wise Owl is trying to hand out some advice during his midnight hoots.

“Happy 39th Birthday” was the phone greeting to Mr. Morrison who actually has now matured to turnaround of the numerals. Enviable maturity apparent, he visited happily about farm life, pleased to have his wife, recently incapacitated somewhat, taking most responsibility.

Personal opinion there seems to be a shortage of wisdom in today’s world. Fortunate for the wise owls who’ve shared their wisdom.

Mentioned 222 times in the Bible, wisdom is certainly important.

Reminded of Exodus 31:3: “He is filled with the spirit of God, in wisdom, understanding, knowledge, and workmanship.”


030615-franksmug2Frank 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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