The most important trait or characteristic a person or a horse can have is a good heart.
What is a good heart? The Bible says “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. So what comes out of your mouth? When you speak, do you raise others up or do you tear them down? That’s the easiest place or way to see someones heart.
I’ve only met a few people in my life who had the uncanny ability to not speak bad of people. I’m not talking about people who lift up their friends or people they like, I’m talking about people who seem to be above taking the conversation in a negative direction. Those people are FEW and far between and I am thankful to God that they are here as an example. There are plenty of people who can be kind in good times or to people they care for but when things go bad their heart seems to wilt and the true feelings or thoughts come out. So which of these people are you?
Which heart would you rather have? There is a saying “every where I go there I am” we have to live with ourselves! How do you really feel living inside there? Is it a pleasant place to be or is it a place with little joy? I heard a quote the other day that said “the greatest journey is inward” and I have to agree. The world is going to be the world we create with our thoughts and behaviors and it all starts with our self talk or what we tell ourselves. In your mind are there good thoughts going on or bad thoughts? What do you think or say to yourself or people you don’t like? Do you have compassion for them and the struggles they have in their lives or do you judge them harshly and hope for bad things to happen to them.
That is where you will find out what kind of heart you have and like the Bible says “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks”!
Written by Jesse Westfall. Lives in Mount Gilead, Ohio with his wife, Stacy and their three sons. Jesse is an NRHA judge and has trained horses professionally for 22 years.
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