“There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
I’ve been pondering about how to transition from part one to part two of Cowboys and Christians when along came Hercules and his princess with the exact solution I was searching for.
In this particular case, Hercules is Kevin Sorbo, and his princess is now his real-life wife, Sam (they met on the set of the Hercules in New Zealand) and I heard their story (and my perfect transition from part one to part two of this post) during my morning Relax Sauna session, while listening to their episode of my favorite podcast, Jesus Calling.
Kevin tells the story of how they first met.
“When I finally did talk her in to our first date, I went to pick her up at the hotel she was staying at, and she gets in the car, and I had the country music station on. And she says, oh, so you like country music? And I said, yeah, I do. You can change it if you want. I mean, it’s the only country music station in all of New Zealand. And she says, no… no… I like it. So, I was all, cool. We went to the restaurant and started talking and I said a few things and she said wait a minute, are you conservative? And I said, yes, I am. And we kind of laughed about being conservatives in Hollywood and what that’s like. And then we talked a little more and she said, well, are you Christian? And I said, yes, I am a Christian. So, she said, a Christian, a conservative, and you like country music… the 3-C’s… I think I’m in love with you!”
Then he laughs and says,
“So, that’s kind of how that first date went, which was pretty funny.”
Now, I think I’m in love with Kevin, too. And also, with his wife Sam.
And that’s the whole point of this post (part one and part two); Recognizing the things in life that make you feel good (love) and also the things that make you feel bad (the opposite of love), and then adding more and more of ‘em—the people, places, and things that make you feel good—to your life. And, while you’re at it, ridding your life of as many people, places, and things that make you feel bad.
And I recently began to recognize that country western music makes me feel good. Here are just a few of the lyrics that turned me cowboy, while I floated in my lake during many Happy hours this past summer.
Humble and Kind by Tim McGraw
Hold the door, say “please”, say “thank you”
Don’t steal, don’t cheat, and don’t lie
I know you got mountains to climb
But always stay humble and kind
Don’t take for granted the love this life gives you
When you get where you’re going don’t forget turn back around
And help the next one in line
Always stay humble and kind
Luke Bryan singing his song, Buy Dirt, about advice he got from his grandpa “sitting out back on a rocker.”
Find the one you can’t live without
Get a ring, let your knee hit the ground
Do what you love but call it work
And throw a little money in the plate at church
Send your prayers up and your roots down deep
Add a few limbs to your family tree
And watch their pencils marks
And the grass in the yard
All grow up
‘Cause the truth about it is
It all goes by real quick
You can’t buy happiness
But you can buy dirt
My beautiful wife has been telling me for years, “Honey, these are your people.” And she’s right. They’re singing about love and kindness, hard work and personal responsibility, gratitude and humility, investing and giving, God and country and family… all stuff that I LOVE.
“Do what you love but call it work.” Are you kidding me? That line from Luke Bryan is what my entire podcast, Something Significant, is all about. So, once again, my wife was right. These are my people and my music, too!
What I’ve been noticing in my life lately, as I focus more and more on Cowboys and Christians and other people and places and things that I LOVE, what I’ve been noticing is the world is chock-full of goodness and is filled with good people doing loads and loads of good things… kind things for no reason at all, other than to be humble and kind. And it’s beautiful. And it makes me feel good. Really good.
Then, the reason just came to me. The reason I’ve been noticing Cowboys and Christians and recognizing how they make me feel good, the reason all of this has been happening to me just rolled right into my morning reading on December 28, 2021. It was in a short but mighty burst of God’s Word (the one’s I wrote about in part one). Sarah Young writes as if Jesus himself is talking directly to me in her beautiful book, Jesus Calling. On this particular day, she wrote these words:
The media are increasingly devoted to fear-inducing subject matter: terrorism, serial killers, environmental catastrophes. If you focus on such dangers and forget that I am your Refuge in all circumstances, you will become increasing fearful. Everyday I manifest My grace in countless places and situations, but the media take no notice. I shower not only blessings but also outright miracles on your planet.
And that’s it! That’s what I’ve been noticing. My eyes are being opened to see more and more of God’s blessings and even outright miracles all around me. And lots of it is coming from Cowboys and Christians!
I’m wishing you all the Happy in life that you can possibly imagine…
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