The Old Cowboy
One Sunday morning, an old
cowboy entered a church just before services were to
begin. Although the old man and his clothes were
spotlessly clean, he wore jeans, a denim shirt and boots
that were worn and ragged. In his hand he carried a
worn-out old hat and an equally worn, dog-eared Bible.
The church he entered was in a very upscale and
exclusive part of the city. It was the largest and most
beautiful church the old cowboy had ever seen. The
people of the congregation were all dressed with
expensive clothes and fine jewelry. As the cowboy took a
seat, the others moved away from him. No one greeted,
spoke to, or welcomed him. They were all appalled by his
appearance and did not attempt to hide it.
As the old cowboy was leaving the church, the preacher
approached him and asked the cowboy to do him a favor.
"Before you come back in here again, have a talk with
God and ask him what he thinks would be appropriate
attire for worship in church." The old cowboy assured
the preacher he would.
The next Sunday, he showed back up for the services
wearing the same ragged jeans, shirt, boots, and hat.
Once again he was completely shunned and ignored. The
preacher approached the cowboy and said, "I thought I
asked you to speak to God before you came back to our
"I did," replied the old cowboy.
"And what was his reply?" asked the preacher.
"Well, sir, God told me that he didn't have a clue what
I should wear.
He said he'd never been inside this
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