I know – I know – I’ve said this before and you will probably hear about it again, but, I love John Wayne movies. I just finished watching Chisum last night. I’ve probably seen that movie more than twenty times.
Billy the Kid happens to be in the movie. The plot really doesn’t matter but there is one character, trying to guide Billy morally and spiritually (it’s not Johnny Baby). The character is a wealthy land owner who takes Billy the Kid under his wing. He notices Billy cannot read. The land-owner reaches out and teaches Billy how to read by using the Bible. During the movie the land owner gives Billy his own Bible.
The kind man inscribes the Bible with the following saying: Prepare your heart in the way of the Lord and, then, live by it.
Although we will never know if Billy the Kid had a spiritual advisor in his life, we can live by those beautiful words.
Prepare your hearts – stretch out your hands towards Jesus – Humble your hearts and be prepared to Hear.
Job 11:13: If you would prepare your heart, And stretch out your hands toward Him;
Psalm 10:17: LORD, You have heard the desire of the humble; You will prepare their heart; You will cause Your ear to hear,