Here’s to the Hard Times


Here’s to the darkness.
Here’s to the pain.
Here’s to the lonely days
And the rain.

Here’s to the forgotten.
Here’s to the loss.
Here’s to the wandering
And the cross.

Sometimes things just don’t go our way. Everybody’s muck rake breaks. But, it seems like mine breaks during one of those days when fourteen other things have already gone wrong. Doubt that I’m the only one. 😉

So anyway, is there a silver lining?

There will be more hard times.

Wait… What? How is that a silver lining?

We’re in the fire guys. We hate it, but we need the trials to be purified. Without the hurdles we’d go through life without ever realizing how fun it is to jump. Rejoice in the grind… the grind is the good stuff.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
~ James 1:2-4

Shane Hanchey is a PRCA calf roper. In fact, he’s been to the National Finals Rodeo 3 times and has won over $506,000 in his young career. His horse, and partner, is Reata.

In November of 2012, Reata was rushed to CSU for emergency colic surgery.

Less than 1 month from Hanchey’s next NFR appearance he was afoot.

What happened?

He won $80,096 winning Round 7 with a 7.6 second run… on a borrowed horse. That’s what happened.

Perseverance happened. Positive thinking happened. Faith happened.


3 thoughts on “Here’s to the Hard Times

  1. You always do an excellent job and leave the reader with many things to think about. I think I enjoy it more because I know you! Bennie

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