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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

We Have Jesus - Bobbi York

For most of my fellow rodeo contestants, the dream is to be the best, like Ty Murray or Cody Ohl. I am not like other rodeo contestants. If anyone would have asked me when I was 8 what I wanted to grow up to be, I would have easily answered that I wished to be a lawyer. From my excellent debating skills that I practiced daily with my mom to my love for government, 8 year old me was sure that I was going to be a lawyer. It was the most logical career that I could choose. As years went by, I was determined that I did not belong in the courtroom, but instead in the lab as I had an interest in human biology and anthropology. This drew to my attention the idea of being a forensic anthropologist. Approaching my freshman year, my interest in rodeo grew and so did the idea of vet school. Logically, it seemed the best option due to my extensive background in agriculture and pre-existing knowledge of basic veterinary skills. Finally, with my junior year starting I decided that my becoming an athletic trainer was the best thing due to my constant use of one thanks to my unstable joints and forever tearing muscles. All of these were logical. It's easy to say rodeo isn't the best choice for me. Like Casey Allen always says, "We spend a fortune to live like a carney." But for us, logic doesn't apply when it comes to rodeo. We will risk our health, financial stability, and sometimes even our sanity. With logic comes security and predictability which makes us feel comfortable. But maybe that's a lot of our problem: logic. Doing things that are logical doesn't always mean that it makes you happy. This is why we rodeo. When we use logic we lose sight of dreaming big and aiming for the impossible.

            In rodeo there is always going to be room for improvement just like anything else. In rodeo we can’t think logically all the time. Granted, there is an element of rational thinking that is needed in order to have success, but sometimes we have to dream big in order to attain the unimaginable. For me that moment came when I went to my first big breakaway roping. I remember looking at everyone else and thinking about their ability and stats. I remember asking my coach “Do you think I belong here?” I knew it would be a long shot for me to even rope alongside some of the best. Now I missed, but I threw and missed but I took my first shot. I wish I could say the same for our walk with Christ. For some people it seems illogical to have a “relationship” with someone we can’t see. But the way I see it, it is the most logical thing we can do. There is only two promises in life: death and eternal life with the Lord. It would be foolish not to claim an eternal life that we are promised.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Grab Life by the Horns - Hunter Washburn

I wanted to talk about the Duvalls' annual steerwrestling jackpot. It didn't go as planed; I came back 4th high call in the 19 & under and missed my steer. That weekend, I learned that you have to run every steer for what he is and not like the last steer you ran. I don't know why I missed the steer, tunnel vision maybe. I backed in the box knowing I had a good steer. If you've ever been there, you would know how they set up the bleachers in the arena in a V shape from the boxes, which makes braking to the pen a death wish to your run. I broke to the pen and my steer was so close; I couldn't get my foot between us. This caused me to go over the top of his horns. After a weekend like this is, I first remind myself there's another one next weekend and I try to learn as much as I can from my mistakes. If you don't do this, you will get in a rut, dry spell, or make every excuse you can and still be at square one. So take a deep breath, learn from it and move on.

I've seen people talk/think their way out of check. It's a bad habit. If you know the steer is good, do what your supposed to do and it will work out. If you worry about it and have thoughts like, "I have to do this and this," and "what if I try this," you're  going to create chaos. I'm not saying just back in and nod your head and go. I'm saying be smart and if he stops and comes in to you, break down the rail and get down; let the steer come to you. If he runs left, break down the rail and ride your horse all the way up to the steers back and get off. If he goes right and tries the hazer, then break toward the left of the flag or middle of the box. It's not hard we just make it hard.

Through Him all things are possible. God has a plan for all of us, but sometimes we don't trust him enough to guide us through it. If his plan for you is to be a world champion steer wrestler, then you have to work at it. It won't be easy, but if I'm going to do it, I want God in my corner. God gives everlasting life and joy.  There's no guarantee that it will always be easy, but the reward at the end is the greatest of all. If you have not asked Jesus into your heart and soul and been saved, I pray that you ask Him to be apart of you and mean those words with all your heart. It won't always be easy, but it will be worth it.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

A Summer of Opportunity - Abbea Faris

Summer is my favorite time of the year. Always busy and always on the road. I just love it! I'm blessed to be able to live this lifestyle. Every weekend there is a rodeo/jackpot going on in Wyoming, Nebraska, or Colorado. I compete in the Wyoming Rodeo Association and Colorado Pro Rodeo Association nearly every weekend. Unfortunately, my college season didn’t go as I had planned as I just missed qualifying for the finals. However, I know everything happens for a reason and I will keep my head held high. I'm looking forward to the opportunities this summer has to offer me. 

Weekdays are not near as fun as the weekend, that’s for sure! I work during the week to be able to cover all my expenses, giving me the opportunity to compete in the rodeos I desire to compete in. It takes a few different jobs to be able to do the lifestyle I have chosen. I am working for Express Employment, mowing lawns with a friend, working for Diamond Tail Ranch, and will soon work for a construction company full time. After work, I go practice with some great family friends that live down the road. I keep my calves there and we all gather together and practice. I love summer nights practicing with my friends; I'm grateful to get to do what I do.   

As far as school goes this summer, I am not taking summer classes, so I've decided to focus on work, rodeo, and family this summer. Every weekend I am home, I take my 86 year old grandpa to our church and then go to lunch after. My grandpa is my rock and world. I love spending time with him and I especially cherish every Sunday morning we get to spend together.

The power of the Lord is unbelievable. This year has definitely been an eye-opening year for me as I have matured in my faith. Without the Lord, I don't know where I would be right now. He knows that everyone has struggles but He is always welcoming us with love. I know He is always there with me and everything will always work out according to his plan and purpose. Let the summer of fun and madness begin!        Anything is possible if a person believes. Mark 9:23