Recently I had a conversation with a friend. The conversation drifted to shoes. We moved on to talking about cowboy boots. I want a pair. I imagine that there are a lot of people who own cowboy or cowgirl boots (including my friend), but I don’t. For many people, wearing cowboy boots is practical. Cowboy boots are worn by cowboys, including bull riders. I don’t ride. I still want cowboy boots. Cowboy boots are an outward sign of a spirit. It is the spirit that led pioneer men and women to the western frontier. They represent the ideal of doing the right thing and never letting the challenges of life get in the way.
Wearing cowboy boots reminds us that we can move forward to new adventures. We can handle the things that come along in this life. We can do all of this and still stay true to what we believe is right. In order to do the new thing, face the obstacles, and maintain our moral compass, we need help. We cannot do it alone. We, by ourselves, don’t dream big enough dreams. If we do dream, we can be overcome by trials and adversities. In a world with many divergent opinions about what is the right thing to do, it is easy to get our thinking turned around. We need to stick close to God who will give us the larger vision of something we have never even imagined. We need to stick close to God for reassurance and encouragement when times get hard. We need to stick close to God so that we can trust God’s guidance in our lives. So, wear cowboy or cowgirl boots. Let them be a reminder of the limitless possibilities for us when we stick with God. Also, let me know if you hear of a good sale!