MAY 2017 (DOWN THE LINE, STRAN SMITH)

I was driving down the road the other day thinking about how crazy my month had been. We are probably all guilty of over committing ourselves from time to time in our lives, but it seems to be more regular these days.  As I’m driving, licking my wounds, Matt Hagee calls and we start discussing the craziness of life.  I’m explaining the crazy month, somewhat venting my frustrations, when he says this, “Brother, you’re busy because you have a purpose.  If you didn’t have a purpose, you would be bored. I’d rather be busy on purpose, than bored and worthless.”  When you hear a profound statement that someone is speaking life about your situation, I believe it should cause you to ask, ”What is God saying to me through him or her?”  I’m sure that was just for me.  God’s timing is perfect, because his word spoke volumes to me that day.

Whenever I started roping professionally back in the 90’s, I was under the impression that one-day I would ARRIVE to some level and it would all be easy. No matter how much success I achieved, nothing ever got easier.  It only seemed to get more difficult.  At Houston I told a reporter,” The first time I came down here I was by myself in a single cab Dodge with one horse in a one-horse trailer.  Twenty years later, I show up with a wife, 3 kids, a bus, 4 horses, 2 dogs, and 4 wild barn cats that snuck on board.”  Best I can tell, as your pot gets bigger, you have to stir with a bigger spoon!  That “big pot” can get incredibly overwhelming, so it is important to understand your purpose in all of it.

The definition of purpose is, “the reason for which something was made.” The definition of a job is, “a task or a piece of work.”  I want to live a life of purpose, not like it’s a just a job.

God Bless and I’ll see you down the line.