October 9, 2009

Hold Your Horses

Proverbial sayings. We all know them and many of us use them on a regular basis.

One that has stood out to me recently is "you can lead a horse to water but you cannot make him drink."

What does it mean? Simply put you may show a person what is best but you cannot force them to take/receive it. You can teach a person but you can't make them retain information and or learn.

I believe there is some truth to this idea. Yet I wonder, at times, if we use it as a cop out, escape clause, or exit sign when there is really something more when we can do.

It may very well be true that "you can lead a horse to water but you cannot make him drink." BUT another truth prevails. Thirst is a driving force that will lead creatures to do things they would not do otherwise. You can pray that the horse becomes mighty thirsty.

God never gives up on us and goes to great extremes to show us what is best. We are required to do nothing less. So when you have done all you feel you can do to lead a person to Christ or further down the road of spiritual growth pray for THIRST.

"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled." Matt 5:6


FaithBarista Bonnie said...

Thanks for visiting at Faith Barista! It's been wonderful "seeing" you there and in the tweetosphere!

This post was timely as I start heading out for my whitespace. God is definitely smart by putting thirst in me, so that I will indeed drink from His refreshing words, presence and encouragement.

Thanks, Melinda!

Theresa said...

I love this.....Pray for Thirst! Good answer!

I think we get frustrated and say "Oh Forget it!". I have done all I can! Now you have given me a simple action when I hit the brick wall.

Loving your posts! Thank you!

Unknown said...

Melinda, what an awesome post. Many will be blessed and grow spiritually through your willingness to share what Papa show's you, I sure was.

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