Wyatt Earp Speaks to Homeschoolers

128 years ago today a gunfight took place in a narrow alley just off Fremont Street in Tombstone, AZ. Thanks to a 1950’s movie this event became known as the gunfight at the O.K. corral- which was actually several blocks away. When the shooting was over three cowboys were dead and three lawmen were injured. Wyatt Earp’s reputation as a gunfighter was largely a result of the fact that he was the only participant who escaped unharmed.


There’s an old saying about the young man who was born on third base and grew up thinking he’d hit a triple. Wyatt Earp was a bit like that, wasn’t he? He carried a reputation as a great gunfighter primarily because he was lucky enough to not get shot during the 30+ gunshot chaos that took place in that narrow alley on October 26, 1881.

Are you like that? Have you been blessed by the Lord and begun to think of yourself as being better than some of your friends? I know I have! For whatever reason, sometimes it seems like we’re the last one still standing and it’s too easy to think of ourselves as being great “gunfighters” just because everybody around us has been wounded.

Take homeschooling for instance. If your children are growing in wisdom and stature while your friends and neighbors children seem to be having one problem after another it may be because you’re the greatest parent, teacher and motivator ever born. Or- it may be because the Lord has extended His mercy and grace over your family.

Paul urges us in Romans 12:3 “For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought…”

I wonder if Wyatt Earp knew that verse. I know that I find it all-too-easy to think more highly of myself than I ought sometimes. The Lord chooses to extend mercy and grace over our lives or the lives of our children and the next thing you know we begin thinking of ourselves as better parents, better providers or better teachers than our friends and neighbors.

Let us all remember to thank the Lord for His provision in our lives and humbly acknowledge that just because you don’t get shot in the melee doesn’t necessarily mean you’re a great gunfighter.


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