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Jesus and John Wayne

Daddy was a cowboy, hard as a rock. Mama, she was quiet as a prayer. Daddy would always tell me, "Son, you gotta be tough.” Mama would kiss my cheek and say, “Play fair.” I did my best to make them proud of me, but it's never been an easy place to be … somewhere between Jesus and John Wayne … a cowboy and a saint, crossing the open range! I try to be more like You, Lord but most days I know I ain't. I'm somewhere between Jesus and John Wayne.

Romans 12:2 - “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” 1John 2:6 - “He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.” Ephesians 4:22-24 – “That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; 23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; 24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.”

Mama's love was tender, Daddy's love was strong. They taught me to stand up and fight for what is right and showed me how to turn the other cheek. There's a bit of both of them in me, but I try to be more like Jesus, even though most days I fall short. I’m somewhere between Jesus and John Wayne, but if I keep reading my Bible and get on my knees and pray, soon I will be more and more like Jesus every day!

Writers: Benjamin Gaither, Bill Gaither, Gloria Gaither, Doug Johnson, Kim Williams

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