Some question the valuable practicality of God’s Holy Bible, yet is not a recurring theme the value of obedience?
We naturally do what we want to do and no more. God’s prophets in the Bible continually warn God’s people that they have selfishly forgotten their creator and His creation. They warn that God will allow other nations to conquer them to make them slaves to relearn how to care for others and obey instruction (which God followed through with).
We all know it is far easier to give orders than obey them. History shows us that the best leaders never lose sight of their own personal slave experience. The Holy Bible gives us examples of Joseph, Daniel, David, Esther, Ezra and Nehemiah, among countless others. Most of these people of God worked as hard – and in most cases harder – than the people around them, learning to listen to and care for others in the most productive way.
Jesus Christ cautioned us that the first will be last and the last will be first. He himself said he did not come to be served, but to serve. Of course, the main theme of the Bible is the fact that He himself did all the necessary work to save those who trust and believe Him with no personal gain to himself.
I am convinced the United States of America became great because our leaders thought this way, making us the the most lending, giving nation this world has ever known (oops, now we borrow more than anyone else).
In the horse world, this slave-together attitude is the most valuable asset to prevent most of the needless accidents that happen with horses and humans today. We can give God credit for this point in his fifth commandment. If I cannot learn to listen to and read the horse I am asking to obey me, things will be much more difficult for both of us. We need to decide if we need to be a better example by showing them. We need to decide if we need to add more steps to gain confidence, or simulate the situation in a safer environment. Think of God’s sixth commandment. We can naturally get very mad at our horses (and mules). But living out the no murder, good teacher attitude will go a long way for getting the animal to respond. Most of the time when we get upset, we are not willing to take the time to add more steps or sweat together on something before we ask them to do something they do not want to do. Things such as standing still, giving us their feet, getting into a trailer, crossing a stream or leaving the barn.
If I can keep the servant slave attitude, the horse and I will go through combinations of our hovercraft moves together (sideways, back, hind end turn and front end turn) in between presenting them with what they do not want to do as a sort of break time. In our continual prayer time, we need to ask God help us follow through with this in the midst of our laziness. We can get quite a workout with both of us huffing and puffing and sweating, therefore looking forward to our dreaded challenges as our break time together, so to speak.
Dear Jehovah God, help us cantankerous souls learn to be slaves to one another in the way you would have us be, so we can truly glorify you more (you being the greatest servant leader example) and value each other and your creation more in the process until we one day meet you face to face. In God-in-the-flesh Jesus’ name I pray, amen.
This is the final column of seven years of Horse Sense. Thank you all for reading!
Mike Daniels is a horsemanship trainer and barefoot trimming specialist from Raymondville, Mo.
Call him at 417-457-1015.