Doing the Best With What You Have



Doing the Best With What You Have


Psalm 20: 4—May He (the Lord) give you the desire of your heart and make your plans succeed.


Proverbs 16:3—Commit to the Lord whatever you do and your plans will succeed.


Philippians 4:12 and 13—I know what it is to be in need and I know what it is to have plenty.  I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation,

whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.

 I can do EVERYTHING through Him (Christ) who gives me strength.


In the 20 years I have been conducting clinics I have had every breed, size, color and shape of horse a person could imagine.  One thing my Dad taught me years ago was you NEVER talk bad about another person’s horse.  That is almost as bad as saying something bad about their children. You always try to find at least one good thing to say.  It is kind of like the old saying “if you can’t say something nice don’t say anything at all”.


In a clinic situation I have to figure out the horse and rider within about the first two hours to give them the best clinic experience I can.  I have to understand and work with the fact that the horse may not be suited for barrel racing but it is what the person has to work with.  So, with that in mind, I do the best I can to work with the horse and rider so they can have the greatest success possible for them as a pair. 


When horses come in for training owners tell me that if the horse is not going to make it as a barrel horse they want me to tell them as soon as possible.  Shut the training down and send the horse home.  Cut off the expense.  I am sure they are sincere.  However, the few times I have had to have that conversation with people I know it breaks their heart.  Every owner wants the horse to be the next Scamper or Bozo. 


It really touches my heart when I see people struggle with their horse and/or poor equipment and I know that is the best they can afford.  This is an expensive sport and not everyone can afford the best of the best.  The fact remains, however, that is what they are given to work with.  I have been in that situation personally and know how difficult it is to overcome.  But the fact remains it can be overcome with hard work, dedication and the knowledge that God is in control and we must never take our focus off of Him.


If you are struggling right now in any area, not just your barrel racing, here are two things that will help you. The first one is this: God provides all of our needs on a daily basis.  ALL OF OUR NEEDS.  We may think we need more but God will provide exactly what we need. When we need it. He is God.  He is smarter than we are.  He knows what is best for us. He will give us what is best for us. The second is: If everything we do we dedicate to the Lord He will provide the proper tools for us to complete the task and there will be a successful conclusion.  That does not mean you will go to the NFR if you dedicate your entire barrel racing to God.  What it does mean is there will be a successful conclusion—GOD’S SUCCESSFUL CONCLUSION—to your endeavors.  We all need to learn to recognize God’s conclusion.


What I have learned over the years is that if I will take what God has given me to work with and do the best I can and be grateful for (content with) what I have and commit it all to the Lord I will have a successful conclusion.  Sometimes the end result is a huge surprise because it is God’s result and not mine but it is ALWAYS SUCCESSFUL!