How Do You Tell a Cowboy His Hat Is On Backwards?

by Kevin on December 29, 2010

We sat in a small BBQ joint in Silt, Colorado. We were all havin’ the best prime rib I have ever eaten. There were only six or seven tables in the whole place. The cold weather outside, the good company inside, and the old country song “I’m Sorry” by Brenda Lee, playin’ through a set of speakers in the corner, made for one heck of a good supper. That is, until a goober came in and rubbed everyone the wrong way.

We’ve all been in these situations. We’ve all been sitting there, minding our own business and not gettin’ in anyone else’s affairs. You and some friends are talkin’ about horses and cattle and the wrecks you’ve survived. All of sudden, through the door walks Mr. Extremely Loud Talker Goober.

He makes every statement known to every single person in the establishment. It’s like his skinny throat is a PA system on overload. He’s not being ugly or rude, just loud.

“WOW! THIS PLACE IS REAL SMALL.”

“IT SURE SMELLS GOOD IN HERE!”

“THERE’S ONLY TWO TYPES OF BBQ. REAL GOOD AND REAL BAD! HAHAHAHAHAHA”

As I sat there, I refused to look up from my prime rib. I could see him out of the corner of my eye and that’s enough for me. My friends were staring at him and starting to make comments. They try to laugh him off, but he just won’t quit.

“DID YOU SEE THAT GORGEOUS GIRL BEHIND THE CASH REGISTER? I’M GONNA TALK TO HER WHEN I ORDER!” (duh!)

The Brenda Lee song started to sound real prophetic:

“You tell me mistakes,

are part of bein’ young.

But that don’t right,

the wrong that’s been done.”

It was at this point that the fellow finally stuck his whole boot in his mouth.

“WHY DON’T THEY PLAY SOME REAL COUNTRY MUSIC IN HERE. THIS SONG’S STUPID!”

You could have heard a pin drop. I even saw a fly stop in mid-air to gawk at the goober.

My head involuntarily turned and the first thing I saw was his tapered leg designer jeans about halfway up his boots. As my eyes continued their trek north, they came upon the braided belt. My look of disdain was not intentional, but when I got to his face, the fact that he was wearing a Wal-Mart cowboy hat was just too much. And it was on backwards!

Before I could stop, I said, “That’s Brenda Lee you goober! If you’d known that, you’d probably know that your hat’s on backwards too.”

I felt bad the moment I said it. Everyone in the place started laughing. You could see the blood run to his face as he tried to find a response. Finally, he just replied, “I WAS JUST SEEIN’ IF ANYONE WOULD NOTICE. HAHAHA!”

He said this as he shut up and turned his hat around. It didn’t look any better.

There’s a right way and a wrong way.

We may not be as blatant as the New York City cowboy was that night, but sometimes we make some real stupid mistakes as Christians. We say or do things that should get us slapped. How would you like a brother or sister in Christ to correct you if you made a mistake?

Let’s look at a few rules if you are gonna correct another Christian:

  1. Never correct another cowboy when other people are around.
    Take him or her somewhere off to the side. Don’t make it obvious by interrupting or being obvious.
  2. If you’re mad, save it for another day.
    Nothin’ is worse than a Christian gettin’ on to a Christian out of anger. You should only correct people when you do so in absolute love. Not when you want to criticize.
  3. Make sure you’re not correcting someone with your opinion.
    Just because you do something a certain way doesn’t mean that it’s from God. If you’re unsure, keep your mouth shut and pray about it long and hard.
  4. Pray about it long and hard in the first place.
    When someone makes a fool out themselves in your eyes, remember that the Bible says, “God uses the foolish things of the world to confound the wise.” You might just be the fool. (I know this from experience. I’ve ended up the fool before.)
  5. Don’t go tell all your friends how stupid the person is and ask their opinions.
    There is nothing worse than gossip disguised as Christian discussion. Enough said.

As Christians, we should keep each other in the saddle. Don’t hesitate to lend a helpin’ hand to a fellow cowboy that seems to be falling. They might get mad or bitter, but in the end, if you’ve prayed and sought God’s will above your own, you should come to their aid in love and friendliness.

What are some other things to keep in mind before you tell a cowboy his hat is on backwards?

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  • Don Coyote

    Make sure yours isn’t.

  • Don Coyote

    As pertains to the comment above:

    Luke 6:41-42 (SCV)
    41 “Cowboy why ya worried ‘bout a speck a saw dust in yer pard’s eye when ya got a cedar fence post stuck in yer own?
    42 How can you think a sayin’, ‘Buddy, lemme he’p ya get rid a that saw dust in yer eye,’ when ya cain’t see past that cedar fence post wut’s stuck in yer own eye?…

    • Kevin

      Amen and again.

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  • Keep on keepin’ on. It just gets better and better. Happy New Year to you and your miz weatherby.

  • Something I’ve noticed from being corrected and from returnin the favor is how easy it is to forget that correction can hurt. A lot. Finally my pastor told me that if I need to set someone I’m workin with straight I need to make sure I understand how it will make that person feel. I need to make sure that I feel the same hurt the person receiving correction feels.

  • Tom Boyle

    John 13:34-35 (New International Version, ©2010)

    34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

  • Kari Ivey

    Does that pertain to some some saying SLIVER for SILver and saying mooooo when they just said sheep!!! LOL!!!

    • Kevin

      Yes, that is exactly right. I’m still gettting Paul hooked on phonics and getting you the animal sounds string pull thingy.

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