In the hall of my house hangs many pictures probably just like yours. The very first one is a picture of my dad. They say a picture is worth a thousand words and this one is no exception to the rule.

The scene is simple; a man setting on a horse in a rodeo arena holding the American flag during the National Anthem. Banners are flying in the wind over head. Riders are in the background with hat in hand. My dad, focused, dripping intensity and excitement that is evident from the sweat soaked shirt, and black hat pulled down tight.

The picture always meant a lot to my dad. Everybody that loves horses knows that the perfect horse is hard to come by. This was dad’s perfect horse. He used him to pick up bronc riders after their ride. Any kid could ride this horse. They loved each other and worked great together. Like a lot of love on this earth goes, the horse named Willie left his life too soon. He was never replaced.

It’s been over 20 years since Willie died. It’s been 3 years since my dad died. It’s easy to see why I love this picture. As I walked by it this evening I stopped and stared. My dad loved picking up rodeos. Willie loved going to bucking horses. They loved the life they led together. The picture screams cowboy. It’s who they were. It was their calling.

Though I never was a rodeo star or World Champion like most of my family, I love the cowboy life. The word cowboy can be defined several different ways. I guess it just depends on who you are. When I think about that, I think about how Christians are the same way. Putting on a hat doesn’t make you a cowboy, even if you look like one. Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian, even if you look like one. It goes deeper than that, it’s a calling, a love, and a way of life.

No matter what walk of life you come from, understand that we are to follow in Christ’s footsteps. 1Peter 2:21 says that we are “called because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow his steps.”

At God’s Country, we are doing our best to follow His footsteps.             



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