Running With the Bulls
I am now giving you the choice between life and death, ... and I will call heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Choose life. Deuteronomy 30:19, TEV.
I‘ve heard of people doing stupid things, but each year in a small Spanish city bulls run loose down the middle of the streets. To prove their bravery, grown men risk their lives to run with these terrified, stampeding creatures.
On December 11, 1846, one of the most unusual battles in military history occurred. A battalion of U.S. soldiers, camping along the San Pedro River in Arizona, were attacked by a herd of wild, longhorn bulls. After 45 minutes of battle, men and mules were injured; wagons were damaged. Several of the bulls had to be shot and killed.
It’s one thing to defend yourself against a herd of marauding bulls, but quite another to risk your life to “prove” you’re tough or cool. Nothing good is ever proved by doing something dangerous, whether it be playing “chicken” on the highway, chugging alcohol, or having sex before marriage.
On the contrary, it takes a strong man to make a wise choice when those around him are acting stupid. It takes a courageous woman to refuse to risk her life and her future by saying no to friends who don’t seem to be smart enough to see past the thrill of the moment.
“Popsicles, Black Holes & Burnt Toast” - Kay Rizzo