TODAY THE WORDS are BLINDERS OFF. Some of you who follow the blog may know I have written a novel and some may not know. I thought I would share my thoughts with you on the upcoming book in hopes of sharing a thought which came to me about taking blinders off. First allow me to go to the races with you, specifically the horse races.
Blinkers, sometimes known as blinders, are a piece of horse tack that prevent the horse seeing to the rear and, in some cases, to the side. Blinkers are usually made of leather or plastic cups that are placed on either side of the eyes, either attached to a bridle or to an independent hood. Blinkers that have a peep hole cut in the back of the cup are known as visors. Many racehorse trainers believe these keep the horse focused on what is in front of him, encouraging him to pay attention to the race rather than other distractions, such as crowds. Additionally, blinkers are commonly seen on driving horses, to keep them from being distracted or spooked, especially on crowded city streets.
Most equestrian disciplines, other than racing and harness competition, do not permit the use of blinkers at any time, under penalty of elimination. In racing, blinkers are usually seen attached to a synthetic hood placed under the bridle. In driving, they are attached to the bridle’s cheekpieces.
If this is the definition of blinders, to keep one focused on what is in front of him, and not to pay attention to other distractions, it sounds like it would be wise to wear blinders in life, but I am not so sure.
I have written a novel which is fiction but has a powerful story. This story could not be told without inserting some strong realities in life. I have had some questions about the content which may sound a contradiction in my faith. I want to share that if it would bother anyone to read what is real life but is based on fiction; please do not read it. Life is so real and vivid and things such as in the novel do happen to people. A writer writes and a preacher preaches and we have to know the difference. When we live a faithful life to our faith; we can sometimes put blinders on and while it seems safe to do so; we become blind to life itself. If we cannot see the traps in life; if we cannot see how a person can dive down into pits of sin; we might find ourselves unfeeling and non caring. I will announce when the book is published for those willing to take blinders off.
Now for the deeper thought….. Whether you read my book or not will be a decision you will make. I wanted to be upfront it contains controversial topics and descriptions. My thought for the blog is this…..For us to be the compassionate, loving people God wants us to be; we have to step out of our comfort zone and see the world as it really is to offer the people struggling with this world’s temptations the way to a happy and peaceful life known only by a close walk with Our God.
DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:
John 9:39 ESV
Jesus said, “For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind.”
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