A Resource For Those Who Lead
Most contemporary authorities lead us away from the simple love of Christ and the leisure of walking beside Him. He lightens burdens, speaks into our needs, holds us, shakes us, teaches us, and sends us.
That’s where you come in. You’ve been called to serve. No matter your audience, flock, or herd, your job is guiding others to transformative faith.
Simplicity is the stuff of faith in Jesus Christ. Simple light-hearted faith. Like horses, God isn’t as concerned with what you do as why you do it. God cares about who you are in relationship to Him – not the details of your service.
Faith and fear cannot occupy the same spiritual space. The test of faith in anyone is the presence and degree of fear. Character is what we do in crisis mode. Worthy shepherds walk their talk.
Walking Your Talk
The most important element of leadership is how you share your faith. People don’t believe what you say, they believe what you do or demonstrate. We don’t simply share the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we live it.
Thirty years as a horse trainer, most of them working with stallions, taught me to be simple, direct, and own every word, action, and breath. Staring down 1500 pounds of hairy testosterone taught me how to earn faith and focus. I share those lessons with others.
God has a purpose for you today just as He has for me. My failures are usually connected to unforced errors of complexity, confusion, or lack of awareness. That’s why fellowship and collaboration are crucial. No one excels in a vacuum.
Leaders support one another.
The Parallel Between God and Horses
Unless you have one in the barn, horses are metaphor. They’re as simple and silly as three year old children but wise as Yoda. Horses help us grasp the weight of worthy leadership, understand that limited commitment always produces limited results, and that love is the most powerful motivator.
I love all people because I first loved all horses. If you don’t get that, I’d love to expand on the thought. Email me using the CONTACT page on this website.
Joy happens when every part of life is connected and rests on the same unshakable foundation of Jesus Christ. Every disconnect or divide limits your ability to achieve goals, luxuriate in daily peace, and effectively share the blessings of life with Christ.
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Aside from size, what’s the biggest difference between horses and people? Horses don’t lie to themselves or anyone else. They’re far more honest than we, but they also love. Mourn. Scheme. Frustrate. Delight. Pout. Rebel. Negotiate. Delight. Give up. Seek connection.
Peace and Joy is Ours Today
I’m confident in this statement because Jesus both promised and provided the means to claim them for yourself.
If this delight isn’t your reality today, or you can’t figure out why your teaching or messages aren’t producing fruit in others, the answer lies in focusing on who Jesus is and what He taught His disciples.
The test of your leadership success is the degree to which those you serve are transformed. The challenge isn’t in the knowing, but in the application.