Monday, 28 July 2008
I want his eyes and respect!
This past weekend I attended a horsemanship clinic by Clinton Anderson. There were about a 1000 people in attendance. Several horses that had problems were brought into the arena and Clinton discussed how to eliminate the problems then began working with the horses to correct the behavioral issues. Theses were horses he had never seen before. Some horses had fear issues, others were just head strong. He insisted that ground work (working with the horse with a lead rope) is essential before you get on the horses back. He insisted that when the horse stopped that the horse must keep his eyes focused on the trainer. He further went through exercises to teach the horse to respect the trainer - when the horse learned to do well he was assured with approval by the trainer. Almost all horse problems are not really horse issues but handler issues. Once you have their eyes focused on you and gain their respect the problems disappear.
If I don't keep focused on Christ then I start to experience difficulties in my spiritual walk. Christ wants us to focus on him - but He doesn't force us to. Clinton forced the horse to keep his eyes on him. He would pull the horses head toward him when he would lose focus. Clinton took the horse through several exercises to teach the horse to respect his instructions. The horse learned quickly. Horses are amazing animals that learn fast. We tend to ignore spiritual instruction sometimes, we fail to pay attention - and show a lack of respect. Papa needs to keep his eyes focused on Jesus, pay attention and give him my respect so that I can follow him as I should.