Today the world is populated with several kinds of sports from the popular to the not so popular ones, ranging from football to basketball to golf, tennis, swimming etc. All these sports have a time allocated to them to run. They run for minutes, hours, days. But there’s a particular one that runs for only 8 seconds. 8 seconds of strength, balance, endurance and effort. Its called Bull riding. It’s a sport that involves a rider getting on a large Bull and attempting to stay mounted while the animal attempts to buck off the rider.Now the wild fun is that the rider must stay atop the bucking bull for eight full seconds to count as a qualified ride. The rider tightly fastens one hand to the bull with a long braided rope. It is a risky sport and has been called “the most dangerous eight seconds in sports”.
Also 1994 biographical film, 8 seconds premiered shortly after what would have been Lane’s 30th birthday. American rodeo legend Lane Frost. Young lane grew up learning the tricks of bull riding from his father. Later became a bull rider when he grew older. As Lane’s legend and fame increase, so does the amount of pressure he puts on himself, to be what everyone wants him to be, and he wants to show that he is as good as they say he is. . The film also follows him through the true life series between himself and Red Rock, a bull that no cowboy had ever been able to stay on for 8 seconds. It cuts the series down to three rides. In 1989, he is the second-to-last rider at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo. While riding on the bull known as “Takin’ Care Of Business”, he dismounts after his 8 second ride but the bull turns back and hits him in the side with his horn, breaking some ribs and severing a main artery. As a result of excessive internal bleeding, he dies on the arena floor before he can be transported to the hospital.
Today quite a whole lot of us are Rodeo riders without even mounting on Bucking Bulls. We have engaged in seemingly short activities we have termed FUN or NORMS. Many at times we have come out victorious. We have to note first of all that time is precious. Why waste time doing things that don’t matter. Trying to please everyone. The more Lane engaged in it and came out victorious, the more he craved and longed for more victory. In the words of Dr Michael Brown, “SIN WILL NEVER SATISFY! In the end, the happiness becomes SADNESS, the thrill becomes a NIGHTMARE, the pleasure becomes an ADDICTION. SIN NEVER KEEPS ITS PROMISES” Did you notice that no fan died along with legend Lane Frost? Whatever it is you have being engaging yourself to please that friend or family at the detriment of your own life, its time you put a stop to it today. What goes around comes around. Yours might be more than 8 seconds or not even up to. But do know that you are going to be held accountable for the time you spent here on earth someday.
8 seconds are enough to say a prayer of salvation. If you aren’t saved use the next 8 seconds to accept the Lordship of Jesus. And peradventure you have been saved but missed it along the line, 8 seconds is more than enough to ask for forgiveness.