It made me think about some of the colts and wild horses I have trained. When they first come to the ranch, they are so wild-eyed and reactive. They express what is in their heart with their body language by bucking, rearing, running away, kicking, striking, biting, and almost anything else you can think of.
At some point within their first few days of training, I begin to notice a big change in them. The condition of their heart changes and as a result, their body language shows the change. Their eyes become soft and quiet, they relax by lifting a hind leg and lowering their head, they lick and chew, and they want to spend time with me instead of running around the outside of the round pen. They become willing and their spirit becomes quiet and peaceful.
Horses are honest like that. Their bodies show what is in their heart. People are the same way. Our mouth speaks what is in our heart. When I say mean or hurtful things, make crude comments, or say things that are not Christ-like, it is because my heart is not right and it is time for me to do some training...on my heart.
Job 11:13-18 tells us exactly how we can go about training our hearts, as our cowboy church speaker pointed out yesterday. “"If you prepare your heart, you will stretch out your hands toward him. If iniquity is in your hand, put it far away, and let not injustice dwell in your tents. Surely then you will lift up your face without blemish; you will be secure and will not fear. You will forget your misery; you will remember it as waters that have passed away. And your life will be brighter than the noonday; its darkness will be like the morning. And you will feel secure, because there is hope; you will look around and take your rest in security.” Job 11:13-18 ESV