Down The Line


with Stran Smith

Our 2017 ended with quite a bit of excitement. Getting to witness Marcos Costa’s journey to becoming a World Champion has been nothing short of an honor. His journey started in Brazil when he left home at 12 years old to work for a horse trainer a thousand miles away from his family. 

Words are powerful. They can be life shaping. We can use them for good or bad, to build or destroy, to point people in the right direction or send them down a path of regret.

We live in a day and time where it seems like everybody is offended about something OR we live in fear of offending someone. But this actually has been happening for a long time. In Psalms 139, David rants for an entire chapter about his enemies.  Then, all of a sudden it hits him, or I should say the Holy Spirit speaks to him.  He starts to focus on what he should really do… Pray for himself. Fix himself first. He prayed that God would change his own heart.

It is such a busy time of year. Parents are getting their kids back to school, sending them off to college; football’s starting, and summer rodeo season is winding down. Last week, we had a list a mile long of little things that needed to be done.

And then, time stopped for our family. Jennifer called me to tell me to stop what I was doing and come home. My nephew, Sawyer’s 3-month-old baby had passed away. Suddenly that list disappeared. Nothing else mattered.