A Cowboy’s Faith: Doing what’s most important

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“It’s impossible to be everywhere at the same time.”

Something has to give, and it’s a major decision deciding which that’s going to be. More so, determining the one of many things wanted to do in a day.

What is the most important? Whatever selected means missing out on all of the others. Always in the busy life conflicts arise among opportunities.

It seems to strike harder than ever as calendar schedule overflows the lines. Life was supposed to be simpler in maturity, but opposite it’s become.

Reality of that has definitely moved to forefront in recent days. With a fulltime off-ranch job to assure bills are paid, evenings and weekends are packed with catchup chores.

Add to the complexity, so many “social” activities one desires to partake. Saturday, there were two “important” horse shows that needed to be participated in for valuable yearend points.

After serious deliberation determination made to attend the one with most events, efficiently using horse, rider, dollars, and time. Just “gave the winnings” to the competition at the other show, because couldn’t be there to try to beat them.

Nearby community parade was anticipated from many-months-ago invitation to drive Mae with the carriage in it. Then, earlier in the week reminders and expectations for that day had to be sadly, grudgingly declined.

Intricacy compounded when was scheduled to announce the junior rodeo that evening. Could have left show early, made it in time, but would have missed races, and added pressure to the day.

Oh, “the boy can handle announcing task” was easy assumption quickly gone astray, too. Another handful of friendly cowboy options contacted were already booked as well, ugh. Fortunately, a fellow committeeman stepped up without remorse to take over the assigned duties.

Now what about all the ranch work that needs done? Pleased to have better-half, children and grandson regularly stepping in to assist. Most importantly all livestock is fed and watered, even if stalls and indoor arena aren’t picked. Other less essential tasks also get put to the wayside. Prairie hay baling, cattle’s summer ailments, straying bulls, and thistles are now completely turned over to those family helpers.

Reminded of Second Thessalonians 3:4: “Always try to do everything possible.” Yet, Genesis 24:49: “Tell me plainly so I can figure out what to do next.”


030615-franksmug2Frank J. Buchman is a lifelong rancher from Alta Vista, a lifetime newspaper writer, syndicated national ag writer and a radio marketing consultant. He writes a weekly column to share A Cowboy’s Faith.


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