Cal's "Cud"

Ruminations of a Retiree-to-Be
Cows spend nearly eight hours out of every day "chewing their cud". 
​This constant chewing of the grass or hay helps prepare the cow's food for the rest of the digestion process, in order to maximize the absorption of nutrients.

In a manner of speaking, Cal has "chewed" on these thoughts and written them carefully so that you might be able to better absorb the truth contained therein!
REFUGEE CAMP RATIONS - the equivalent of 2 potatoes per day per person...

One potato, two potatoes, then there are no more
The body’s weak, can hardly speak, you’re laying on the floor
You think of home where food is grown but war has sent you flying
You can’t go back, there’s bombs and flack, there’s nothing left but crying.

The world, it hears, but has no tears, too far away to bother
Starvation reigns, and with it pains, and distance blinds my brothers
Will someone care and be aware, that all of us are dying?
They look away, it’s hard to pray, our plight has left us sighing.

A cup of grain, the need for rain, and seeds to start a garden,
I might then live, if people give, if hearts refuse to harden.
It’s CBM who’s helping them, and you too if you’re willing,
Since choice is yours, with all your toys, alternative to killing.

cal bombay – April 11, 2017


David Mainse, my son and I were cutting a dead branch off an old maple tree down at David’s farm a long time before he sold it. It was a cold day, and the wood was to become the source of necessary warmth, in both David’s farm house, and my house. Wood in a fireplace makes the most comfortable heat possible in my humble opinion.

As we were cutting away with our noisy chain saws, conversation was curtailed, but thought goes on. I began to think about David, and his farm. And I must say, the thoughts I had were quite entertaining. Here I was getting wood from him.

A few weeks earlier, I had imposed myself on him, and got a few bales of straw, or stubble (to use the old biblical term) to use in my hen house. I also knew for a fact that David had supplied the circle square ranch with hay to feed the horses.

It suddenly dawned on me. David Mainse was raising wood, hay and stubble!

Now whoa!  Hold on!  Before you race off with negative thoughts about David, think about this for a moment. Wood is an essential in many areas of life. Hay is a primary ingredient for any livestock, and thus meat and milk on your table. Straw has a thousand uses. Wood hay and stubble are all essentials, both in New Testament times, and in our day and age. There is nothing wrong with wood, hay and stubble.

What can become wrong about wood hay and stubble is the priority we put on them.
Read 1 Cor. 3:11-16 says:

“For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire. Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?”

You see, Paul was not indicating that wood, hay and stubble were worthless, he was simply saying that wood, hay and stubble are strictly related to this physical life, and have no eternal values.

What we put into the work of God, with the right motives and the right attitude lasts into eternity. That becomes gold, silver and precious stones. And my friend David certainly will have his share of that kind of reward. There are some things that endure, even through fire.

When you have your priorities right, eternal matters take precedence over the temporal and mundane.  This world, and all that is in it will pass away eventually. But in the meantime, we need the wood, hay and stubble to sustain life in the physical and earthy department of our existence. It’s when we get the whole matter of temporal and eternal out of balance, that wood hay and stubble become flammable. Luke 12:15:

“And He said to them, ‘Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.’”

In the final analysis, it’s not what you possess, but what possesses you!

I’ve a feeling, somehow in those first few moments of eternity David if has a chance, will look back and enjoy the bonfire.

Just don’t get too attached to the wood, hay and stubble. Best to use them up here, for the value to which they can be converted in eternity.