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How many times have you heard someone say, “I’m just a soldier in this man’s army” or “I’m just a cog in the wheel?"

Or perhaps you recall the lyrics the band Kansas used to sing: “All we are is dust in the wind.”

In each case, they are saying the same thing. We are all just part of a whole.

Then again, you have to realize that the whole is so amazing, so immeasurable, so inconceivable and so glorious that just being part of it, no matter how miniscule, is infinite and stupendous. That means you are important. And isn’t that exciting?

We take things for granted don’t we? Meanwhile, miracles surround us.

I stumbled upon a website,, where they might have said it best: “Just the fact that you are alive is a miracle. Of all the millions of possible gene combinations, you became a very unique you.” Thus, all of the conditions were just right for you to be born and for you to be truly unique.

In the meantime, nature runs in its perfect cycles, seasons change, the sun rises and falls and we don’t have to do anything except appreciate it.

Throw in things, including random acts of kindness, such as a stranger holding a door for you, a little kid smiling at you or someone wanting to be your friend, and you have the perfect seasoning for this global concoction.

Then there are all of these amazing cultures in this world, which include a myriad of customs, piles of history and hundreds of ways to communicate and yet, no matter where we live, we all see the same moon every night.

Not to mention that now you can speak into a small, flat box that fits into the palm of your hand and anyone thousands of miles away can hear you. Plus, you can type any question into your keyboard and gain access to almost any information from anywhere in the world.

Perhaps more amazing is that someone can play a guitar, anywhere in the world, and bring you to tears?

Your heart beats, your lungs expand, your eyes blink, your skin regenerates, your blood pumps throughout your body, you inhale oxygen and exhale carbon monoxide. Just the way your body functions is a miracle.

And then there is friendship. Every day, people are connecting, forming friendships and valuing friends they already have. We get to choose who we want to spend time with, what we talk about and how we spend our time together.

Our lives are full of miracles buzzing about us like bees.

In the midst of it, we are required to do only one thing and that is to be humble and help a little in the process, wherever we can.

In other words, give and you will be amazed by what you get.

All of which might have been summarized best by Matthew in the Bible when he said, “He who is greatest among you shall be your servant.”

Kevin Holten is the president of the North Dakota Cowboy Association and executive producer of "Special Cowboy Moments" on RFD-TV.