Cowpoke Camaraderie

A Story, country life, Listening When He Speaks, Love God Love People, Photo Story, Scripture Talk

This last weekend was one of our busiest and most tiring, but most fun, of the entire summer. Why? Friday night was the finale of gymkhana and Saturday was our Smalltown, America’s annual PeeWee Rodeo. Kiddos under the age of 18 rode their trusty steads in gaming events (i.e. pole bending, barrel racing, single stake, etc.); they rode mutton, calves, or steers (based on the entrant’s age); they decorated (tied ribbons on) wily goats; they partook in team steer daubing (dabbing a steer on its side with a mustard stick); they chased chickens in a feathered frenzy; and so on and so forth.

Even though no entry fees are charged (to either spectators or participants), and the rodeo is run by volunteers (members of the local Old-Timer’s Rodeo), at the end of the night, every 1-2-3 place finisher was handed an envelope of cash.

But, what stood out most about the entire weekend was the


tough, no-nonsense, encouraging camaraderie


that existed on the sidelines, in the dirt, and on the fence rails. I reckon we’ve all got a lot to learn from how these cowpokes treat one another.




He who walks with wise men will be wise,
But the companion of fools will be destroyed.
 ~ Proverbs 13:20 NKJV
Do not be deceived:
“Evil company corrupts good habits.”
~ 1 Corinthians 15:33 (NKJV)
Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love,
in honor giving preference to one another.
~ Romans 12:10 (NKJV)
Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved,
put on tender mercies,
kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering;
bearing with one another, and forgiving one another,
if anyone has a complaint against another;
even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. 
But above all these things put on love,
which is the bond of perfection.
~ Colossians 3:12-14 (NKJV)
What about you? Any rodeo buckaroos out there?
If yes, what’s your favorite event? Why?

5 thoughts on “Cowpoke Camaraderie”

  1. S. Etole says:

    Haven’t been to a rodeo since I was a child and we lived out west. I do know the way you have composed this is really great. Thanks for sharing the day in such a meaningful way.

  2. Floyd says:

    This is so refreshing in a society bent on taking and giving only to get. I agree, the heart of these actions are based on Biblical principles. Love is found where humility plays. Great post and awesome pictures. I tip my hat to you and the other folks with the same heart… even if it is a different shape of hat…

    • Thanks, Floyd, for stoppin’ by and joining the conversation.

      “Love is found where humility plays.” <— that is a great Truth.


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