Been thinking about our need for recognition and the different ways we go about seeking it. Some are bad, some are really bad and some just prove to be unfulfilling. “Popularity” highlights a life which seemed to have it all. William Cody, AKA Buffalo Bill and AKA Wild Bill lived for recognition.

Buffalo Bill and the wild west show.

William Cody was entertaining. He drew the crowds and met presidents and kings. As a soldier, Indian scout and showman he represented the wild western frontier. Wild Bill had charisma. He was a man’s man and popular with the ladies.

A progressive liberal for his time. He spoke for Indian civil rights and the right of women for equal pay. Wild Bill received our nations highest praise when given the Medal of Honor for heroism. Postage stamps, historical centers, and museums including the Smithsonian honor this man. Popular? Sure. He had the center stage and the ears of the western world, but he didn’t talk about Jesus.

William Cody became a Knight Templar and received the 32nd degree in the Scottish Right of Freemasonry. Pretty high up, there are only 33 degrees. Each degree builds upon the ethical teachings and philosophies offered in the craft lodge. Wild Bill was not a dummy, he possessed worldly wisdom from past centuries. Although he knew a lot of stuff, it seems he didn’t know the Lord. The day before his death he was baptized by a Catholic priest. That’s all I could find.

God forbid that we seek honors instead of seeking to honor God. We are family in this war that rages against God’s kingdom. Our scout is the Holy Spirit. Follow Him and our recognition will come from heaven above. Remember this when using your gift. Be careful not to waste it. Ethical teachings and philosophies have never saved a soul. Praise from man is short lived at best, and on a whim can turn into a curse.

Oh, about that popularity thing. Forget it! Jesus said a lot of things people don’t want to hear, but tell them anyway. Only Jesus can save their soul.

“Now to the king eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.” (1 Timothy 1:17)