photo © 2009 Emilio Labrador | more info (via: Wylio)A large part of bull riding is the image of the bull rider. They are the iconic cowboy image. They are the a living embodiments of the real cowboys who lived by a code of honor and braved the wild frontier. They tip their hats to the crowd. They seem to be fearless. Often they look very similar in their appearances. Wearing a long sleeve “cowboy” shirt, jeans, boots, cowboy hat, and riding vest many of the bull riders look very similar to one another. Yet, their personality and flair come out especially in one apparel item. Yep, it is the chaps that show personality, style, and individualism. The chaps seem to be one-of-a-kind creations that shout to the world a rider’s identity. Some proclaim faith with crosses emblazoned on the thighs. Some proclaim a flair for the dramatic with zebra stripes. The chaps are a statement of that while the person riding them may be a part of the larger group of cowboys, he is most definitely his own person. He may have lots of fringe or relatively simple chaps, but they are his statement piece.
Most of us don’t wear chaps. We don’t have as obvious statement pieces that state our identity to the world. So, if you are not wearing chaps, how do you proclaim yourself to the world? How do you show the world who you are, what you believe, and celebrate your uniqueness? If you don’t have something like chaps, then what are you wearing that defines you? Each of us, chap-wearing and non-chap-wearing, are created in the image of God. We are wonderfully and uniquely made. Our personality, flair, and passions define us. Share with the world your self, knowing that you are adding brilliance to the world around you. So, what are you wearing?