I'm not sure if you can tell by the picture, but I am a cowboy at heart. I say, "at heart" because I have a great admiration for those who truly do the work of a cowboy and I feel they are often underappreciated for the sacrifice that they make to do the labor they love.
There are a lot of wonderful ethics in the cowboy way of life that I try to instill in my children.
Not so they can ride off into the sunset when they're older; but because I want them to be strong, independent, courageous and faithful no matter what trails life may take them on. Fortunately, my kids so far, like being around anything western, especially horses.
The other day we had some time to ride and as usual my 8 year old J.W. is all "go" and no "whoa!" He had his horse saddled and was picking up dust before his little brother even got his horse brushed. Once Joel finally crawled into the saddle of his very dependable older horse, the horse did what he always does...nothing. There is a reason why he is the perfect kid horse. He won't move unless you absolutely make him, or if he sees a cookie. Now Joel's legs aren't quite long enough or strong enough to push the "old fella" forward and that's when J.W. reminded me of a wonderful lesson.
J.W. rode by his frustrated little brother, grabbed the lead rope of the halter and walked off. Suddenly, the kid who's perfectly content to go as fast as he is allowed, slowed down long enough to help his little brother do what he couldn’t do on his own. That's what cowboys call "being a partner." As I watched with a heart full of thanks at the sight of my sons, I began to think how much better the world would be if some of us would just slow down long enough to help someone in need.
We are surrounded by folks who need just a little bit of help to get started. It may require a little more effort on our part. It may restrict some of our freedoms or our ability to move as fast as we can, but the benefits far outweigh the sacrifices. If you help someone else in need, then you don't have to ride alone, and life’s journey is much better when shared with the ones you love. This is why the Bible says, "Two are better than one." God created us to be relational beings. He made that very clear in Genesis when He said, "It is not good for man to be alone." I'm sure if you took the time to look around you'll see someone that God has put in your path waiting for you to help them down the trail.