New Year Resolution’s for All to See.

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It is December 30th and it begins… the whole “New Year, New Me” saying that inevitably begins making its appearance around this time. However, I know many, {including myself}, do the famous *eye roll* and think or say out loud, “yeah you said that last year, and nothing changed.”

STOP.

Guess what my fellow friend, you have just began your new year with the same thoughts as you did last year. So let’s switch it up this year, and let’s have New Year Resolution’s that make you want to try a little harder, and dig a little deeper than you ever have before. You do not have to do it alone, either! Be accountable for all your friends and family. If they share with you their new year resolution’s, then help them stick with it. A simple encouraging text or an apple instead of a cupcake will help and it will show that person that you truly care. Well, enough with the lecturing, let’s get to those Resolutions!


  1. Give all you have to the Lord God. eaaaaaasy peaaaaaasy, right? wrong. In order to follow through with any more resolutions, you first have to place Him first. Nothing and no one else. If a quiet time isn’t your style, switch from Drake to Casting Crowns one morning on your way to work, jam out, pray, cry… do whatever you need to do to prepare your heart for the day/week. Take 5 minutes or 45 minutes, but find the time.
  2. Love. Now I am not asking for a cliche Nicholas Sparks’ love, I’m talking everyday, just love. Love the driver in front of you who has been going 20 mph under the speed limit, {I am a fast and furious speed driver, I understand the pain and struggle}. Just take a step back, relax and breath, because have you ever wondered that you were stuck behind this person for a reason? The Lord works in mysterious ways, maybe He is purposefully keeping you from going faster because He is protecting you.
  3. Avoid the negativity. Social Media is full of negativity ranging from PETA’s hate for rodeo to presidential candidates to Steve Harvey’s slip up. Do not be filled with those kind of worldy things, because all they do is

bring 

you

down. 

So instead of getting in an uproar where your emotions and head override the love you are trying to keep constantly in your heart, get off of it. Lay down the phone, mute the T.V., turn off the computer and walk away. Too often we feel we must feed into all that because “they need to know the truth”, honey, sometimes silence is a more rewarding truth than that blabbering coming from your mouth.

4. Be a little selfish! Yup, you just read that correctly. Take the moment to allow yourself to eat 4 instead of 3 Oreos, maybe not everyday, but you do you boo boo, or go to the gym alone and run on that treadmill till your little legs fall off while you listen to your weird talk show. Go see a movie you have been dying to see. In order to become the best person you can be, you must also sacrifice a little time for yourself. But do this in waves, do not think that the world owes you anything, because, it doesn’t.

5. Work hard. Work hard at everything! Work hard at school maintaining an acceptable GPA. Work hard at work, even if that means avoiding the gossip and focusing on the good. Work hard at opening a jar of pickles, and by golly, you will be the best dang pickle jar opener on the planet. Just work for it all! But do not go around boasting about how hard you just worked opening that jar of pickles, let your humility and silent success’ be your testimony. I promise, they will not go unnoticed, and neither will your attitude about it all.

6. Enjoy this new year. Too often, everyone begins setting these resolutions or goals and then they forget to enjoy the year. Make obtainable goals, utilize every aspect in that, but do not make yourself miserable. There is 12 months, 52 weeks, 365 days, 525,600 minutes in a year, embrace it all. The good and the bad, the hard and the sad, the joyous and the crazy. Remember that this is a new slate, a clean page.

 

Rid your heart of the black splotches, “though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow” (Isaiah 1:18), become clean and pure again. Begin this new year with a child-like faith.

And remember that everything that happens in this New Year is all apart of a greater plan and purpose that you know nothing about, and you do not understand the path and way that the Lord is preparing you for:

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:

a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot  a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.”     Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

 

Cowboys, share your stories.

Cowboys, share your stories.

“What this country needs is dirtier finger nails, and cleaner minds.”

-Will Rogers

There are stories, that are never told. Stories that are written underneath an old straw hat or during a snow storm. Stories that tell of life lessons, cold winters, the natural circle of life, or the rarity of nature. These stories are lost, forever forgotten by the ones who have lived them, especially during this day and age when hard work and a good horse are hardly heard of any more. So I say this, Cowboy, share your stories.

Share your stories not just around a fire or in a bunk house, shooting the shit with your buddies, share them with the little boy watching you behind the chutes or the one outside the branding pen. The one who tells everyone that cowboys are his heroes and he wants to be one when he grows up. Take your time to scoop him up, and give him a lesson or two.

Share your stories to the old man, who is wheel chair bound, fighting alzheimer’s. I bet you would have never guessed that he was a legend back in his day, riding some of the rankest broncs, a legend he was, just the stickiest son of a gun you could ever see. Share your stories with him, because, for just a split moment, he may remember all those wild times that he had with buddies he cannot remember, or the lovers he once had until he found his one and settled down. It will give him a little piece of freedom and some of that youth back, it may save his life more than you realize, take the time and share your stories.

Moments you experience pushing up cattle, stepping on a bucking bronc, or behind the chutes after a rodeo are history in the making. They are of a time that may soon fade away, and it is your job to preserve every last thought, experience, and mindset.

Share your stories with your family and friends, your kids, your future grandkids. Write them down, pass them on. Cherish the history that you are making. Do not let this new day and technology mask what you have to offer this world. Allow the world to see the value in a good horse, or the joy of a new calf, or the discouragement when the rain hasn’t come or the snow is too thick.

Cry during your story, laugh, note the scars and marks, count every wrinkle, embrace the gray hairs, give meaning to the life you living. Never let a day go to waste.

And Baxter Black said it well, not only for rodeo cowboys, but for all cowboys:

There’s a hundred years of history, and a hundred before that

all gathered in the thinking going on beneath this hat.

The cold flame burns within him till his skin’s as cold as ice, and the dues he paid to get here are worth every sacrifice. 

All the miles spend sleepy driving, all the money down the drain, all the ‘if I’s’ and ‘nearlys’ all the bandages and the pain,

All the female tears left drying, all the fever and the fight, are just a small down payment on the ride he makes tonight.

It’s guts and love and glory, One mortals chance at fame,

His legacy is rodeo,

And cowboy is his name