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The story is told about an old man who was having no luck at his favorite fishing hole. Try as he might, he could catch nothing. Meanwhile, a boy just down the way was pulling them out one after the other.
Just as we might have done, the old man swallowed his pride and asked the boy how he was catching all those fish. The boy mumbled back something that sounded like “roo raf roo reep ra rums rarm.”
“What was that?” the old fellow asked.
The boy responded again: “Roo raf roo reep ra rums rarm.”
“I can’t understand a word you’re saying,” the old man said.
The boy then spit a wriggling reddish blob into his hand and said: “You have to keep the worms warm.”
I’m always glad to meet Christians who, like that boy, are willing to do whatever it takes to catch fish. You see, Jesus calls us to “fish” for people who don’t yet know Him. He said “follow me and I’ll make you fishers of men.” (Matthew 4:19)
With that in mind, the folks at Long Ridge Baptist Church will be trying an interesting effort on May 25. They’re inviting people to ride their horses to church to hear Hall-of-Fame jockey Pat Day preaching the gospel.
Riding horseback to church would be an unusual sight in this day and time. The Long Ridge folks are planning to put up a hitching post or two out front so that riders have a place to tie their mounts. If it works out as hoped, this will be a sight unseen in these parts in more than a century.
Why? Because the loving and creative folks at Long Ridge are willing to do whatever it takes to be successful fishers for Christ. Well, perhaps anything short of keeping worms warm the way the little boy in that story did. I feel sure they’d draw the line there.
Pat Day, who won his share of Kentucky Derbies over the years, has turned his attention fully to serving the Lord since he retired from horse racing, and it’ll be great to hear him preach.
It’s certainly not every day we get a chance to see a horseracing legend. And, in this modern world of automobiles and paved roads, it’ll be refreshing to see people riding horses to church.
The folks at Long Ridge seem willing to do whatever it takes to serve The Lord.
Roger Alford, a former news correspondent, is pastor of Long Ridge Baptist Church in Owenton and communications director for the Kentucky Baptist Convention.