The lesson of the “Two Horses”


The lesson of the “Two Horses”

Philippians 2:1-22
(The Message)

1-4If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care— then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.

5-8Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself. He had equal status with God but didn’t think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what. Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human!
Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn’t claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that—a crucifixion.

9-11Because of that obedience, God lifted him high and honored him far beyond anyone or anything, ever, so that all created beings in heaven and on earth—even those long ago dead and buried—will bow in worship before this Jesus Christ, and call out in praise that he is the Master of all, to the glorious honor of God the Father.

The Bible always says it best; but this is also a good story, and a good lesson for us all to learn from; that we not be so all consumed with our problems, our cares, and our needs; but that we should always make ourselves available and reach out to those who are in need around us… and in watering others, we shall also be watering ourselves! Selah

Shalom,

Skip Barland



From: PAT
Sent: Saturday, May 01, 2010 7:32 PM
To: Skip Barland
Subject: Fw: Two Horses–I love this

Two Horses
There is a place in the countryside with a field that has two horses in it.


From a distance, each horse looks like any other horse. But if you stop your car, or are walking by, you will notice something quite amazing….

Looking into the eyes of one horse will disclose that he is blind. His owner has chosen not to have him put down, but has made a good home for him.


This alone is amazing.

If you stand nearby and listen, you will hear the sound of a bell.
Looking around for the source of the sound, you will see that it comes from the smaller horse in the field.

Attached to the horse’s halter is a small bell.

It lets the blind friend know where the other horse is, so he can follow.


As you stand and watch these two friends, You’ll see that

the horse with the bell is always checking on the blind horse,
And that the blind horse will listen for the bell and then slowly walk
To where the other horse is, Trusting that he will not be led astray.

When the horse with the bell returns To the shelter of

the barn each evening, It stops occasionally and looks back,
Making sure that the blind friend isn’t too far behind to hear the bell.


Like the owners of these two horses, God does not

throw us away just because we are not perfect
Or because we have problems or challenges.

He watches over us and even brings others into our lives
To help us when we are in need..

Sometimes we are the blind horse Being guided by the

little ringing bell of those who God places in our lives.

Other times we are the guide horse, helping others to find their way….

Good friends are like that…

You may not always see them, but you know they are always there.

Please listen for my bell and I’ll listen for yours.

And remember…

Be kinder than necessary-


Everyone you meet is fighting
Some kind of battle.


Live simply,
Love generously,
Care deeply,
Speak kindly……

Leave the rest to God

Author: SPARKS FROM THE ANVIL OF LIFE

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