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How Long Does it Take You to Look at a Horseshoe?

by on August 25, 2011

A guy named Uncle Zeke who lived in Muleshoe, Texas could not admit when he was wrong, no matter what!

One day Uncle Zeke was walking along the street and he happened to shuffle into the blacksmith shop that had sawdust all over the floor.

What he didn’t know was, just before he got there, the blacksmith had been working with an uncooperative horseshoe and beat on it till it was black. It was still hot, but it wouldn’t cooperate, so he tossed it over in the sawdust.

Zeke walked in, looked down and saw the black horseshoe. He picked it up, not knowing it was still hot.

Naturally he dropped it very fast. The old blacksmith looked over his glasses and said, “kinda hot, ain’t it, Zeke?”

Do you know what Zeke said?

“Nope…just doesn’t take me long to look at a horseshoe!”

How many of us have problems admitting we are wrong? How many times has our pride gotten in the way of our relationships? Many times we know we are wrong, yet we’re too proud to admit it.

How many arguments could be avoided? How many lies could we avoid? How much hurt and division could we prevent if we would just admit our wrongs and mistakes?

“a gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare..”

Don’t let pride ruin relationships, divide families and hinder the work of God in your life…Let’s not build walls, but bridges!

Expect a Miracle,
J Garcia

Excerpt taken from Jess Moody, “A Drink at Joel’s Place”


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