Separating The Men From The (Cow)Boys

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Some things you just don’t want to admit, but they’re true anyhow. Some things are self-evident, but you just don’t want to believe it, and some things are right in front of your face, but you wrestle with it just the same. Like it or not, and like THEM or not, the Dallas Cowboys are 6 -1.  DeMarco Murray rushed for 100-plus yards for the seventh straight game, and teammate Tony Romo threw for 279 yards and three touchdowns as Dallas has jumped out to its best start since 2007. 

Some rings just don’t fit, at least not anymore. The Cowboys have won five Super Bowls; two under Roger Staubach and three under Troy Aikman, both legendary, Hall of Fame quarterbacks we loved to watch. But that was then, and this is now. Now, these Cowboys have come on strong and aren’t taking any prisoners. That’s right – those same Cowboys we’ve kicked around for years have become the “Now” Boys; they have the best record in Football, they’ve won six in a row, and they’ve beaten everything that’s come their way in convincing fashion.  And for those of us who root for our teams and A.B.D., “Anybody But Dallas” this is a hard pill to swallow.

Some days you just have to face the facts. The Dallas Cowboys are indeed the best team in the NFL. These same Cowboys now have the moxie and the momentum, the conviction and the conversion, the oomph and the humph to believe that they are the best, at least for now. And that’s just it, that’s the key; NOW they believe. 

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In some ways we sometimes doubt ourselves; and worse yet, we oftentimes doubt the only one we can truly trust. Our confidence should not and cannot be in ourselves or in our ability or in our capability. We are frail and fragile, we’re fickle and we fumble; we’re fraught with fractions and frivolous, flippant actions; we CANNOT be relied upon to do the right thing all the time, and we’re prone to do the wrong thing almost at any time.

In truth, we cannot count on anything or anyone but God.

So be fully persuaded, not in your ability, but in the ability of the Almighty. This is what separates the men from the boys. Boys are frisky and faulty, irresponsible and undependable. But not men. Real, grown men are regular and reliable and emulate the character of God. God is not a man that He should lie; what He says He is able also to perform.

Your “sometimes” of doubt and indecision should turn from fear to faith. Don’t be like King Agrippa, who was a man who became a boy. The Apostle Paul appeared before Roman council and asked this question: “King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know that thou believest. Then Agrippa said to Paul, You Almost persuaded me to be a Christian” (Acts 26:27-18).  In other words, King Agrippa did not want to loose and lose his grip on his own belief and his own understanding.

Some don’t want to admit it, but Jesus Christ is The Way, the Truth, and the Life.  Like Pilate, Agrippa was staring Truth in the face, but he didn’t know it, or he didn’t want to admit it. Jesus looked Pilate in the face, and yet Pilate was blind to the very embodiment of truth that stood before him.

So turn your sometimes around. Become a believer and become a real man; be like the Apostle Paul and put away childish and boyish things. Accept the truth that Jesus Christ is in fact the Son of the Living God. 

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