Last Sunday at a Triple T Bulls event in Tennessee, I watched a young, junior bull rider not just plant his face in the dirt but more than once, have it driven down into it as a bull mashed on him a little.
With him covered in dust, I could see the frustration on his face after the third bull got the best of him, but I could see that frustration turn to determination as he watched videos of those rides.
He was intently studying what went wrong before getting on yet another one.
Everyone in rodeo understands there is something to be learned or improved from each ride. We work hard to make changes and get it right.
The Bible has a lot to say about perseverance, and this would be an easy illustration of that in terms of his efforts to be a better bull rider. But what it also shows is the importance of wisdom.
Proverbs 9:9 says, “Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.”
Proverbs alone tells us numerous times about the importance of being wise. James and others in the New Testament teach this too.
In those cases, that wisdom and knowledge centers around understanding scripture and who we are as Christians.
As experienced rodeo cowboys and cowgirls or experienced business people, we have a lot to offer those following in our footsteps.
The same is also true for Christians. We have to be willing to seek that knowledge and to make time to share our wisdom with others.
Scott Hilgendorff is the pastor for Cowboys of the Cross, a rodeo/bull riding ministry that seeks to make disciples among the ranch and rodeo community.