Bucked Off and Getting Back On
I confess that I have been bucked off many horses, many times. I have been bucked off other things as well.
There is a saying that gives me some comfort. “Ain’t a horse that can’t be rode; ain’t a cowboy can’t be throwed.”
Unless it is a bronc at a rodeo, who bucks for a living, and you are not allowed to get back on, there are two important reasons to get back on after being bucked off.
One reason is very simple. If you don’t get back on, the horse won and will think that it can get you off whenever it wants. So, for training purposes, and for the horse’s own good, you want it to learn that it can’t get away with it. You want it to learn that you are boss; that you are in control.
The second reason to get back on is for your own good, for your self esteem, I guess, to not quit and to not be afraid.
Besides horses, there are other things in life that buck folks off. (I am not talking about bulls, which are not really intended to be ridden anyway, at least not by me.)
Getting cut from a team is like getting bucked off. It is surprising that Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team and inspiring that he did not quit basketball. Some say that he turned out to be a pretty successful player. Some say the best ever.
Getting fired, getting divorced, declaring bankruptcy, losing a loved one who dies, and health problems of all sorts are examples of life bucking you off. When you are laying in the dirt, you often do not feel like standing up, mounting up, and taking another ride. Those are the times to “cowboy up.”
Sometimes, I suppose we are more like the horses doing the bucking. You might say that people who are recovering from addictions are trying to get a “monkey” off their backs. From another perspective, you might say that making choices that lead to addiction could be to escape life’s demands, like you are trying to buck off responsibilities. Either way, addictions involve bucking too. Overcoming addiction is like getting back on the horse because it requires re-taking control.
God knows when we get bucked off, whether literally or by being cut from a team, fired from a job, divorced from a spouse or any of the ways we fall and land hard.
God also knows when we are bucking. Like a good horse trainer, He does not give up on us. He has ways of letting us know that we are not in control.
The Bible tells us that the hairs of our heads are numbered, that God knows when a sparrow falls from its nest, and that, lo, He is with us always.
Our heavenly Father is always ready to help us get back in the saddle.
From personal experience, most of us realize that “there ain’t a cowboy can’t be throwed.” If you haven’t been throwed yet, you will be.