Mountain Top

Gilley's bull rider

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In the PBR, Professional Bull Riders,  riders score points.  The point total is how riders are ranked.  At the end of the season, the rider with the most points is the world champion.  J.B. Mauney is a rider who has been around for a while, but he has not won the world title.  Yet.  He did win the World Championship, but he did not have enough points to be the World Title holder.  Currently, he is ranked #1 in the world.  He has held onto this ranking for a while.  He has attained this rank before, but he said that has trouble holding on to it.

 

He is obviously on the mountain top.  He is number one, and he is not suffering any injuries.  (He has in the past had to deal with a lot of injuries that affected his riding.)  While there are very few of us who know what it is to be a number one ranked bull rider, we do know the feeling of being on the mountain top.  We feel overwhelmed with joy and invincible.  When things are going well for us, it is easy for us to think that we can do anything.  It is easy to believe more fully in ourselves and dare ourselves to go for bigger goals and bigger dreams.

 

It is also a temptation to forget how we got to that place.  We forget to focus on the basics.  We forget the simple things that allowed us to be on the mountain top.  In order to continue to experience the thrill of victory, we must keep our focus.  We must remember how we got to that point.  We must keep doing the things we needed to do to get to that point.  One of the things that gets forgotten is our relationship with God.  When we are in the valley, it is much easier to cling to our faith.  It is harder to cling to God when things are going well.  It is harder to remember that our spiritual life is one of the things that got us through the valley and back up on top.

 

Cling to God.  Cling to God when things are going well.  Cling to God when if feels everything is going well.  Cling to God when on the mountain top, realizing that it is God who helped you get there.  Never lose focus on your relationship with God.

 

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