Do You Really Want To Do This Every Day?

by Kevin on April 21, 2015

The alarm went off about 3:00 a.m. I rolled over and wished the stupid thing would shut off and I could just sleep until 6:00 like a normal person.

But the cowboy life ain’t normal.

I had a friend that was going to go to brand with me that morning. He said he’d always wanted to be a cowboy and he couldn’t wait to experience what a day in the life of a ranch hand had in store.

What seemed like a good idea the night before now seemed like quite the contrary in his tired eyes.

I made some coffee and while it brewed, we went out to feed. By now, ten minutes into my day, the hump had gone out of my back and I was roaring to go…my friend was not.

For the first time that day, but not the last time, he asked me, “Do you really want to do this every day?”

My answer was the same every time…”Not really.”

Two hours later, we were long-trotting across a pasture so dark you couldn’t see the cowboy in front of you. You could hear them, but not see them. I could hear intermettent cuss words coming from behind me as my friend, who wasn’t raised on the back of a horse, tried his best to stay on as we wove through the mesquite and cactus of West Texas.

After about 30 minutes, the sky had begun to gray and in a bouncy voice, my friend asked again, “Do you really want to do this every day?”

“Some days I don’t…”, I responded.

After the cattle were all gathered and the branding commenced, I paired myself up with my friend and taught him the fine art of flanking. It’s a hard enough job as it is, but when one guy doesn’t know what he is doing, it’s double tough.

About an hour into the branding, I remember leaning over and coming within a hair’s width of blowing chunks into the dusty pen. My friend was wet with sweat and layered in exhaustion of his own. For the third time that day he asked, “Do you really want to do this every day?”

My answer was virtually the same. “Right now I don’t.” I grabbed the tail as we let yet another calf up and allowed it to pull me to my feet.

On the way home that evening, my friend sat in the passenger seat and looked out the window in silent contemplation. Finally, he broke the silence with the same question: “Do you really want to do this every day?”

I didn’t answer for a while. How do you explain something to someone that doesn’t share your passion? How do you explain why a person would do so much for what seems so little in return?”

We continued to bounce down the caliche road as I said, “A cowboy is who I’ve always wanted to be. That way of life has always appealed to me. It’s not all glamourous like the movies make it out to be. We don’t want to do some of the things we do. But who you want to be lies just beyond what you don’t necessarily want to do.”

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God–this is your true and proper worship. Romans 12:1

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