Cranial Christians…

Wednesday Wisdom 🙂

Today’s scripture comes from Hebrews 10: 23-24

“Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.”

Good cattle caregivers are good students. They consistently strive to learn more about the animals that depend on them — seeking to understand what they need in order to provide the leadership that brings comfort and good health. Good leadership requires cranial cleverness.

However, *thinking* like a calf takes more than mental understanding, it requires a leap of faith as you must  leave your human tendencies behind to embrace those of the animal. When I handle cattle my very presence needs to change so that we can find harmony as a team. When I find the sweet spot of understanding with the cattle, my leadership creates a magnet that draws them in.

My animals don’t really care how much I know until they understand how much I care. 

What you know is important, but it is what is inside of your heart that inspires you to lead with compassion.

As a cradle Episcopalian, I’ve intellectually known God for more than four decades. I went to church on Sunday and attended Catholic school from Kindergarten through 12th grade. My parents taught me right from wrong and instilled in me a desire to help others.

I grew up a cranial christian. I knew about God — I believed in him. I tried to live my life doing the right thing because that was what I was supposed to do.

But sometimes I got tired as my cup seemed to refuse to refill. As a result, I wasn’t always a cheerful giver. Instead of my heart being grateful for the beauty of sharing, my head compared and judged — like life was a race and the “should do’s” led their way to the finish line.

God was in my head, but I had not yet let Him become a permanent resident in my heart. I was the worker ant who toiled out of duty. It was a hard and exhausting job. Fortunately, God is a good caregiver, and persistently pursued my heart. He knew that what was in my head would not sustain me without support from what needed to be in my heart.

I think it’s normal human tendency to rely heavily on our minds. We want to logically understand things and are quick to shut the door when things get messy. It take a leap of faith to lead with your heart — transitioning from a cranial christian to a heart-felt christian. Just as my animals don’t care how much I know until they see how much I care, God desires a place in our hearts — not just intellectual residence in our heads.

Perhaps that is the answer to inspiring unending motivation for acts of love and good works. With God in our hearts, the cup overflows and we learn that giving for the sake of sharing creates a special bond that not only helps others, but also refills our own hearts.

Through his gift of Jesus, God has the finish line taken care of — life isn’t just a race for goodness. When we trust in God’s promise, we open our hearts and life becomes a journey grounded in sharing the love that He abundantly places in our hearts.


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9 responses to “Cranial Christians…

  1. Roger Hunt

    ❤ Thanks for the giving of yourself every Wednesday, Anne. For me these posts are always an inspiration. I hope you feel your cup refilling….you should!

    “With God in our hearts, the cup overflows and we learn that giving for the sake of sharing creates a special bond that not only helps others, but also refills our own hearts.”


    • Thank you, Roger! I appreciate your support along the journey. I am really enjoying this series of Wednesday Wisdom posts. After more than 10 years of trying to come up with weekly topics to talk about all on my own, it has been refreshing to give that responsibility to God. It’s been fun to see what the Holy Spirit places on my mind and in my heart each week 🙂

      Thank you for always reading and responding. It is always nice to get your thoughts and feedback!

  2. Gerald Stokka

    From one of your favorite veterinarians (I think), your piece was beautiful. For the ultimate decision to trust Him is by faith. The role of a steward is not just cranial, but from the heart. It is the only way Stewardship is sustainable.

    • Doc Stokka! It’s so great to hear from you! Yes, you are one of my favorite veterinarians 🙂 And, I am so glad that you are still reading along with the blog each week. I’ve thought of you fairly often on this Wednesday Wisdom journey as you always showed me how to take my faith with me on this cattle journey.

      Such wise words — thank you for sharing them — Sustainable Stewardship comes from the heart — Yes!

      I hope that all is well and that your path will lead you to NE to visit sometime.

  3. whit

    Makes a huge difference to believe instead of know!

  4. WyldeKatz

    Thanks for the words of encouragement Really enjoying your posts.


    • Hi Deborah,

      Thank you for your note. I really appreciate your encouragement and am very thankful that my words help you. Have a wonderful week!

      Thank you for reading 🙂

      All the best,

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