Have you ever tried to feed a dark horse?

Wes Kinder - Contributing - Columnist

Have y’all ever tried to feed a dark horse? For a lot of folks, it’s hard to find a dark horse, much less feed him. And he doesn’t get the best of care because he is never really expected to excel. And his visible attributes are kind of sparse. A dark horse is most often just sort of average lookin’.

We’ve seen ordinary ropin’ horses that just kind of come out of nowhere with a knack to get the job done and in an amazing way. I have to admit, it has a great deal to do with his trainin’.

Many, many years ago, back in high school, I had some show steers that placed fairly well. At times, there were others that were not only like a dark horse, but they stayed in the shadows for their entire market steer show career. But I have to say, “They sure did taste good.” Their real purpose was to put beef on the table. Mission accomplished. They were champions in that respect.

Sometimes, incredible horses don’t get it done, and sometimes plain ole’ average lookin’ horses seem to be able to do it all because they have heart. It takes talent and abilities, but it also requires heart.

If we allow Jesus into our own heart, he can and will take any one or more of us and accomplish what, on our own, we would consider just downright impossible.

Over in John 6, we find that a good number of folks had shown up to hear Jesus speak. Many of these guys likely didn’t have steady work. There were probably several that hadn’t had a decent meal in quite a long while, but mostly they were ‘starving’ to see and hear Jesus speak.

Jesus asked his boys how they were gonna feed such a crowd. Philip knew they couldn’t cater the thing. They didn’t have the money. These folks that had gathered were mostly broke. That’s why they were there — they were searchin’ for something that only Jesus could give them. But Andrew went lookin’ to see if anybody had anything to munch on. All he could find was that little boy with two fish and five loaves of bread.

“Jesus then took the loaves, and having given thanks, He distributed to those who were seated; likewise also of the fish as much as they wanted. When they were filled, he said to his disciples, “Gather up the leftover fragments so that nothing will be lost.” So they gathered them up, and filled 12 baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten.” — John 6:11-13 (nasb)

Today, I want you to know that Jesus can and will (if you let him), take any true Christian and accomplish God-size tasks. Why? Well, it’s because you have a heart that has been given to Jesus. He has your all.

“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” — Philippians 4:13 (nasb) — and without him, I am nothing.

The Boss needs some full-timers who are willing to let God have control of the reins. Look at Luke 9:37-38. He is lookin’ for an old-fashion’ harvestin’ crew. Look at the fields — they are ripe and ready to be harvested.

As full-time hands for Christ, we need to realize that there is a world of lost people out there. It’s not just thousands but millions that are waiting to come out of the shadows and win the race that only God can prepare and win.

It’s time we step up by letting Jesus put some of us ole’ dark horses to work.

Choose Jesus and choose life. Find a church where you “fit in” and serve him and grow in Christ. See y’all at church and keep prayin’ for his harvest. Amen.


Wes Kinder



Reach Wes Kinder at 580-585-3443 or westkinder@aol.com.

Reach Wes Kinder at 580-585-3443 or westkinder@aol.com.

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