Thursday, November 29 2007
I am currently reading (one of a few books) the book King of the Cowboys. It is the autobiography of Ty Murray who is billed as the world's most famous rodeo star. The book begins with Ty describing being interviewed by a reporter. The reporter asks why he is a cowboy. Mr. Murray gives his usual answer, but quickly realizes that that answer was not what the interviewer was looking for, so he finally gave an answer that I found to be very interesting.
He said a cowboy is a cowboy no matter how he makes his living. Not all of us wear chaps and hats. You'll find plenty of cowboys wearing Brooks Brothers' suits on Wall Street, or playing in the NFL. Those real estate developers who borrow millions to build big office towers, a lot of them are cowboys. The cowboy way is about how you approach things whether you're talking about a businessman, an artist, or a housewife. Being a cowboy is in your DNA. You either have it or you don't.
I do not want to interpret this wrongly or put words in the mouth of the author, but I believe that Mr. Murray is speaking of an attitude or determination to accomplish what you have set out to do. What are we determined to do? The Apostle Paul states very clearly of his intentions in the following:
1Corinthians 2:2For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.
Although, Ty Murray did not mention Christians or Christianity in his comments, but I believe they can apply. The cowboy way can be applied in our vision to reach the lost. We are not building towers or playing in the NFL, but we have the goal of preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ to a very lost world. The mountain that we climb has eternal consequences and is the greatest calling that a man or woman can follow. Please look at your community and determine that you will reach it for Him and although it seems like a very daunting task remember this scripture:
2Corinthians 5:7For we walk by faith, not by sight.