I have ridden horses a few times in my life, but I am by no means a professional. But I have learned from those who are experts that the way to dominate a horse is to rule its head.
For a horse to lie down, the front must go down first. For it to get up, the animal must throw the head up for the body to follow.
Characters in western movies do this when they want to hide from perpetrators who chase them. The rider pulls the mount to the ground and holds the neck which prevents the charger from rising. To get back up, the cowboy or soldier releases his hold, and the animal is free.
Equestrians assert power over their ride with the harness connected to the bridle in the horse’s mouth. This controls the head which, in turn, determines the direction the steed goes.
When our emotions are in turmoil, it is like a bucking bronco having its own way. We could say vehemence in our souls is balanced by harnessing our noggin, or our thoughts. What starts as a thought gives birth to attitudes that result in actions.
We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check. When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. (James 3:2-3 NIV)
Here are 5 ways to conquer some of the most common emotions we face:
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