5/14/21 ~ Patience
Ephesians 4:2 ~ Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.A humble person is not proud and does not believe they are better than any other person. Being gentle is to be moderate in action, effect, or degree; not harsh or severe. And patient, is being able to accept or tolerate delays, problems or suffering with becoming annoyed or anxious.
You’re probably thinking to yourselves... “ok Carrie, why the lesson on words?” Well, it ties in with two things: working with people and horses. When I was younger, I didn’t know as much about working with either and had a pretty quick temper, so as a result my horses were pretty quick too. As I’ve grown older and more observant, I’ve learned that working with horses and people have some similarities.
You should remain levelheaded in all situations. The more fired up and quick tempered you are, the more fired up the other person or horse is going to be. Think carefully before you speak, do your words have meaning, will they help or hurt and are they kind? Don’t be afraid to back up and say when you’re wrong, it happens to all of us. And most importantly, be patient with one another, especially right now. We’re all in this mess together, smile, hold a door for someone, say thank you and let someone go ahead of you in line, they could be having a bad day and you could make it a little brighter.
Working with horses has definitely taught me to be humble; nothing like a dirt sandwich when you think you know it all! Patience is a virtue, especially with horses that don’t know how to tell time! And a cookies can go a long way with a stubborn horse that won’t load or a neighbor having a rough time with a teething baby.
Thank you for watching over us, for keeping us safe in these uncertain times and for watching over our friends and families. Please remind us to be patient with each other as we continue to navigate through these uncertain times ahead. In your name, Amen.