Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Roper 1 - Timing is Everything

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There must have been 100 competitors at the roping I attended Sunday afternoon. I was there 2 hours and witnessed at least 30 of them compete. One right after the other. Not many of them missed their mark, either - and no one got hurt, despite the fast action and the explosive way the cowboys must dismount their horses and run to the calves. Like many events in life, timing is everything - the toss of the rope, how it settles precisely over the calf's head, the dismount at the exact moment the horse is stopping, the sprint to the calf, the tying of the feet...all makes a 5 second difference between a winning time (about 7 seconds) and a good, but losing time (12 seconds).
From those that don't win, you don't witness any theatrics, either. The cowboys simply dust themselves off, pat their horses in thanks for their efforts, remount, coil their rope and start thinking about the next opportunity.
Galatians 1:10
Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.
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Anonymous said...

I love the background on this one, nice job.

Debbie said...

Thanks, Karen. The background is the HARD part, for me!