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Be Kind: Thoughtful Intent
Around the Ranch, you will quite often hear people exclaim “I love horses!” However, when we say “love”, what is it that we mean? 1 Corinthians 13:4a tells us that “Love is patient, love is kind.” But do we intentionally express that love by being patient and being kind?
Romans 12:2 says: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” When we actively engage our mind and choose to intentionally follow scriptural principles, we start a pattern of growth that begins to conform us to the image of Christ. I believe that most of us desire to be kind, but we struggle with consistency when we don’t approach it with thoughtful intent.
When helping a person work with a horse, one of the foundational concepts I try and get them to start processing is that whenever a human directs energy at a horse, takes an action, or has a reaction that is obviously accompanied by negative emotions – such as anger, irritation, frustration, or annoyance, they are actually damaging their relationship with the horse. Practicing kind, thoughtful intent should always be part of proper training and correction.
Developing kindness through thoughtful intent when working with horses has a direct spiritual corollary for me. If practicing kindness with thoughtful intent towards horses results in a better relationship with the horse, what would happen to my relationships with other people if I treated them with kind thoughtful intent?
Ephesians 4:32 tells us to: “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Today, let’s choose to renew our minds and conform to the image of Christ by practicing kindness to one another.”