A LITTLE HUMAN HAPPINESS

Family and Friends,

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“I never met a man I didn’t like,” said Will Rogers and probably the reason the great American

cowboy humorist could make that statement was that few, if any, were the men who didn’t like

Will Rogers.  An incident that happened when Rogers was a young cowboy in Oklahoma helps

explain it.

 

In the winter of 1898 Rogers fell heir to a ranch near Claremore.  One day a farmer who lived

nearby killed one of Will’s steers that had broken down a fence and eaten his young corn.

 According to range custom, the farmer should have informed Will what he had done and why.

  He did not do so, and when Rogers found out about it, he was fit to be tied. Flaming with

wrath, he called a hired hand to accompany him and rode forth to have it out with the farmer.

 

 

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During the ride, a blue norther struck, coating the cowboys and their horses with ice. When

they arrived at the farmer’s cabin, he wasn’t home.  but the farmer’s wife insisted that the

frozen men come in and wait by the fire for his return. While warming himself, Rogers noted

how thin and work-worn the woman was.  He also noticed five scrawny children peeking at him

from various pieces of furniture.

When the farmer returned, his wife told him how Rogers and his companion had ridden out of

the storm.  Will started to light into the man, then suddenly closed his mouth and offered his

hand instead.  The farmer, unaware of the reason for Will’s visit, accepted the proffered hand

and invited them to stay for supper,

“You’ll have to eat beans”, he apologized, “for the storm has interrupted the butchering of my

steer.”

The two visitors accepted the invitation.

 

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All during the meal, Rogers’s companion kept waiting for Will to say somethng about the

slaughtered steer, but Rogers just continued to laugh and joke with the family, and watch as the

children’s eyes lighted up every time they mentioned the beef they would eat on the morrow

and during the weeks to come.

 

The norther was still blowing when supper was finished, so the farmer and his wife insisted

that the two men stay the night.  They did.

 

The next morning they were sent on their way with a bellyful of black coffee and hot beans and

biscuits.  Still, Rogers had not mentioned the reason for his visit.  As they rode away, Will’s

companion began to chide him,

“I thought you were going to lay that sodbuster low about our steer” he said.

Will remained silent for a few moments, then replied, “I intended to, but then I got to thinking.

 You know, I really didn’t lose that steer.  I just traded it for a little human happiness.  There

are millions of steers in the world, but human happiness is kind of scarce.”

 

~ Albert P. Hout

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I Peter 4:8

Love covers a multitude of sins….

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Thank you for stopping by.  

Please pray for America the Beautiful and for Spiritual Awakening!

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