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spurs, horses, love and good deeds…

I learned something interesting about horses the other day.

So what I knew first.

I knew that spurs where used to get a horse to move.  What I did not know, was that spurs are only used after you tell the horse with your legs you need it to move.

With this statement I leaned in.  “Say more about that,”  my friend went on to say that you only spur a horse after you squeezed the horse with your legs.  Spurring is not the first movement.  In her words, “You ask before you tell.”

You ask before you tell.

The reason we were even discussing the practice of spurring was because we were looking at Hebrews 10:24 together.  It says:

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.

Let us consider how we may spur one another on…

Spurring is an act of prodding, provoking, letting another know you are not kidding around.  It is not an pleasant, but it is needed.  The goal of this spurring and provoking:  to help people move towards love and good deeds.

So one of our goals in this life is to help others to move towards love and good deeds.

So as we were talking about this as a group another interesting fact about horses came up.

My friend continued:

You have to know the horse you are riding.  All horses react different to spurs.  You have be in relationship so that you do not over spur or under spur.

Spurring each other on towards love and good deeds happens in relationship.  Without relationship spurring another on is more like abuse or violence.

So who in your life needs spurring on today?  And how do you do that for them?

And who in your life spurs you on?  Do you need to have a conversation with them because you are stuck and not moving forward?

Spurring is needed because love and good deeds do not show up unless

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