Wednesday, August 12, 2009

A friend shared with me yesterday that the theme for the Rex Allen Days parade is “Cowboy Thru it all.” As I thought about that, my mind went to the phrase “Cowboy up.” Maybe you’ve heard it before. The most common meaning that I have heard applied to this phrase is also found at

“When things are getting tough you have to get back up, dust yourself off and keep trying.“

In Biblical terms that’s persevere. Hebrews 10:23 says,

“Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. 24Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. 25And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near. “

Then down in verses 35 and 36 he says,

35So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! 36Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.”

There is so much information today: news, people vying for our time and attention, things which would distract us and sometimes discourage us from sharing Jesus with others.

Someone might say,

“Well I talked to that person already about Jesus and they just don’t want anything to do with Him.” …..Cowboy up. Try again.

“I’ve asked God about what I should do for Him and He hasn’t really made it very clear to me.” …. Cowboy up. Ask again.

“I know God wants me to quit smoking (plug in your habit He wants to gain control of) and I just can’t do it” ….Cowboy up! Trust Him for the strength.

Do you want people to know who Jesus is? Maybe it’s time for you to “Cowboy up!” Let them see Jesus in you…

Philippians 3:14 ( NASB )
…press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.