July 11, 2016 - “Run in such a way as to get the prize….” I Cor. 9:24
The expression, “he got my goat” dates back to the early days of horse racing in the U.S. The jockeys would put a goat in the stable with their high spirited horses to keep them calm. Sometimes, the goats were stolen from the stables to upset the horse causing them to run poorly.
With over half of our country’s hospital patients suffering from other than organic problems, the need for a few goats in our stables is obvious. Have you ever started out with a wonderful day and met someone who left you looking like a barnyard after a wild animal attack… “here an eye, there a claw, and yonder a pile of feathers”? More than likely you met a goat thief.
Goat stealers are pretty easy to spot and most of them have standing reputations for their devilish work. It took me a long time to learn that the wisest thing to do about these folks is to keep them out of my stables. God wants all his children to run a good race and we can’t do it by hobnobbing with goat-snatchers.
They’re not worth it …and they could cost us the race!!