In a rural area a farmer was tending to his horse named Buddy, and along came a stranger who desperately needed the farmer’s help. The stranger had lost control of his vehicle and ran it off into a ditch.

He asked the farmer if his horse could somehow manage to pull his vehicle out of the ditch for him and was happy to tell the farmer that the vehicle was a small one.

So, even though he had a lot to do, the farmer said he would come, bring his horse, and take a look, but could not promise he could help.  If he thought that his horse might be injured in some way from attempting to pull the vehicle out of the ditch he wouldn’t try it.

Once they got back to the car, the farmer did see that the stranger was correct and that the vehicle was small, so the farmer took a rope and fixed it so that his horse, Buddy, would be able to pull the vehicle out of the ditch.

Then the farmer said, “Pull, Casey, Pull,” but the horse did not budge. The farmer then said, “Pull, Bailey, Pull,” but the horse did not budge again. The farmer then said, “Pull, Mandy, Pull,” and again the horse did not move. The farmer then said, “Pull, Buddy, Pull,” and the horse pulled and pulled until the vehicle was out of the ditch.

As they were unhooking the straps from the vehicle, the stranger was so very grateful but also pretty confused.  So he asked the farmer “Why did you call the horse all those different names?” To which the farmer replied, “Well Buddy is blind, and I knew I had to make him think he had help pulling the car out of the ditch or he would not have pulled.”

Have you ever been in a situation where you felt like others weren’t pulling their own weight? Where everything was left to you… and it caused you to want to quit?  Maybe you felt used, taken advantage of or you were just angry at the laziness of others.  Or, like the horse in the story, you felt like the job was too big for you to attempt alone and so you never tried.  The lesson this story teaches is that we shouldn’t wait on others in order to accomplish something or you may always be in a ditch.  Always remember that famous verse from Philippians 4:13 that says

“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”

However, the even better news is that as much as God can do through us individually… he hasn’t left us alone.  We have God’s Spirit inside us, Jesus walking with us and we have been made a part of The Church… this body that we care for and cares for us.  So in whatever you are facing this week, don’t be daunted and don’t quit.  Lean on your brothers and sisters, and trust the power of God working in and through you.

Striving alongside you for the prize,