Pioneer Stock

January 3, 2013
by Brenda Wood

Louis L'Amour, author of so many wonderful western (actually historical) novels, said that western men and women possessed character and dignity.

"Wherever you see them, the men and women who went west, old now and often poor, carry themselves with pride, and they possess a quiet dignity that comes from having met the worst that life can offer and survived." (The Sackett Companion, Bantam, New York, November 1988)

Pioneers learned the hard way. A smart one took advantage of another's previously-learned skills like reading trail, skinning bear, or repairing wagon wheels. They had to care about each other because their numbers were so few. Even when they didn't get the results they wanted, they kept moving on (in their case, west). No amount of opposition made them give up.

So I ask myself (and you too!), are we made of pioneer stock? Do we have what it takes?

1. As Christians, do we have a mentor or accept help if necessary?

2. Do we care about the people around us?

3. Do we move toward God's goal for us in spite of our current state?

4. Do we refuse to give up, no matter what?

Did you shout "Yes" to every question? Then dear pioneer, I say to you, "Go west young man/woman. Go west!"

Hebrews 6:1-3 – So come on, let's leave the preschool fingerpainting exercises on Christ and get on with the grand work of art. Grow up in Christ. The basic foundational truths are in place: turning your back on "salvation by self-help" and turning in trust toward God; baptismal instructions; laying on of hands; resurrection of the dead; eternal judgment. God helping us, we'll stay true to all that. But there's so much more. Let's get on with it! (MSG)

Prayer: Lord, we, Your pioneers, resolve to move toward You and Your goal for us, with all our might. Help us. For Christ's sake, we pray. Amen.

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Brenda Wood <brenda.w@nextcom.ca>
Sandycove Acres, Innisfil, Ontario, Canada

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Good challenge Brenda. Happy New Year.


    Oh Brenda, you got me thinking. Thank you. Blessings.


    Wow! Brenda, and let’s hear a resounding “AMEN” for your devotional today.
    Thanks, thanks.


    Brenda, It is real nice to have you share with us again. I always enjoy what you share Brenda! Thank you my dear friend.


    Brenda, I can always tell your devotional inserts. I love that passage from the MESSAGE, you were my God sighting for today.


    I have always thought that pioneers were of extraordinary stock. Great analogy Brenda.
    Definitely food for thought as we each examine our activities each day.


    Dear Brenda:
    Thank you, thank you for your Devotional. What a challenge, what a goal to be a Pioneer for Christ.
    Bless you this day and the days to come.


    Dear Brenda: Thank you for today’s inspiration.
    I’m glad I missed the “Pioneer days!”
    My ancestor’s dealt with all that!
    Blessings in Christ.


    Thank you for this inspiring word today Brenda! And, thank you for faithfully using your talent of writing for the Daily. God bless you as we begin a new year and for many years to come.
    (California, USA)


    Great Devotional Brenda and YES! I had two of the best pioneering mentors possible…my parents. Both in what they endured as pioneers in the Wide Sky Peace Country from the “dirty thirties” on and as wonderful examples of the true meaning of living one’s faith.
    May you and your loved ones enjoy Health and Happiness throughout 2013.


    Hello Brenda! A very happy New Year to you. May 2013 bring you many of His blessings to you and yours.
    It has been some time since I read one of your devotions.
    God bless and I look forward to reading more of your spiritual thoughts.


    Hi Brenda
    Read through the devotional message but you didn’t twig on me as the writer?
    Guess I was relating to the fact that I was born in Alberta.
    Not quite in the time of wagon wheels but not too far away. But let me dwell on your Four questions and How I answered to each one. Since I have already gone west and then travelled to the east, it didn’t change my answers.
    Blessings Brenda and do have a new and better year 2013.
    God Bless.


    Good Morning Brenda,
    Yes, yes, yes.
    Let’s go on with whatever God has for us in the days to come. He is a mighty God and “no good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly”.
    He has so much more for us if only we will trust and obey his guiding hand. Thanks so much for your devotional this morning. At times we do allow the enemy to put doubts in our hearts, but God is so faithful and He speaks those words of encouragement just exactly when we need them.(through people like you)
    May God continue to bless and reward you mightily as you do your part in His Kingdom.


    Hi Brenda.
    I especially enjoy anything western and so I relished your devotional today. Now that I am in my late 70’s I look back at the older folk and agree that they did conform to most of the rubric you presented. By God’s grace may we all be able to say a hearty yes to each question.
    But as far as going west we’re only 100 kms. from the West Coast.
    I am blessed with a very good memory of the past and when I recall my dad’s mother who lost her husband to the 1918 flue but opened a coffee stall to raise her nine children and never complained. A God-fearing lady she was the forerunner of the anti-apartheid movement in her country. Being with her was being in the presence of a saint, and I am glad to say we still do have ladies and gentlemen of that caliber; especially among the volunteers we see so many of giving their time at hospitals etc etc.
    God bless you for a challenging devotional.


    Dear Brenda,
    Thanks for your “pioneer” devotional, so fitting for our New Year.
    It made me think of the goal that is set before us as Paul’s expressed it in his writing to the Philippians in 3:10 – 4:14 (NIV):
    I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.
    Not that I have already attained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind, and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
    Maybe I will write a devotional using the above passage.*
    Keep writing.

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