Part II: Spilt Milk
Part III continues...
As a child, I wanted to be two things when I grew up, depending on my mood I wanted to be an astronaut one day and a horse-trainer the next. I was only seven years old and on vacation with the family at my grandfather's ranch in Poland when he called me to his side and taught me the tricks I needed to learn to be able to train Lucy, his beautiful Anglo-Arab horse.
He said, "Temisan darling, the first thing you need to know is that a horse has its own pride too." I smiled and looked up into his eyes. "It has the strength of a lion, but it has no mane."
"So how do I get Lucy to love me?" I wanted to ride her the next morning so badly.
"You have to get her to trust you first."
"And just how am I supposed to do that?"
"You will move her out of her own space. And then you will match any quick moves she tries to make with your own moves, making the strikes before she does. You will continue to do so until she relaxes. If she drops her head down, or lowers her tail, or takes a deep breath, then you will know that she has accepted her fate, and that you are are now her mistress. She will submit to you."
I was the first one to get up in the morning. I did what grandpa said. Lucy made several quick moves, but I was quicker than she was. In the end she quietly submitted to me.
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Today's "True Celebrities" are the group of people called "meek:"
"Blessed are the Meek, for they shall inherit the earth." (Matthew 5:5)
If you're like me I reckon you must have considered meekness to mean not reacting when someone puts you down. The Matthew 5 translation of "meek" is not so. How do I know? Well, I found a couple of sources that told me about the Greek to English translation of the word "meek" in Matthew 5. The original Greek word is "Praus" and it means "Gentle Strength." (wikiAnswers). It also means "humble" (strongsnumbers).
How can strength be gentle? What do the Greeks mean by that? The ancient Greeks were very particular about horses. They said that a "meek" horse is one which responds well to control and slowly becomes one with its rider ("strength under control"). A "meek" horse is not timid. It is useless to ride a timid horse that hides in its own shadows. Instead a "meek" horse is a willing, considerate team-player (source). This is what I call "gentle strength." It is not that Lucy was not strong enough to resist, but after a while she knew who the master was and she 'decided' in the fullness of her strength to submit.
Gently Taking Over the Earth:
In the fullness of our strength, we can choose to submit. Submission is not stupidity, it is wisdom. In the quietness of humility we can learn the best secrets. In learning secrets we can obtain the key...the key that leads to the doors of leadership, substance, and wisdom. A quiet submissive apprentice learns more from his master than a noise-making one who constantly chatters about proving his worth. That's the skill of a "meek" horse. If it is submissive and humble it will learn its rider's secrets- the way the rider bends or the way he stays afloat...and it will undeniably be the best horse out there in the race.
This is how the meek will inherit the earth, by being submissive and humble to God first, to those in places of authority, to our peers, and even to those who we think know less than we do.
I think this is a rather subtle way to take over the whole earth.
But it is the best way.
What do you think?
Photo 1 by Eduardo (flickr)
Photo 2 by manganite (flickr)