We came to a farm that consisted of a long narrow field, with a mountain on one side as a boundary and railroad tracks as a boundary on the other side. There was a small barn, and a cabin - all inside the fence with the 4 horses. We drove through the gate. The horses met us and followed us up to the cabin. They were very curious about everything and very friendly.
The afternoon was spent riding the horses around cones and training them. After a small lunch at the cabin, we headed back home. These horses do not belong to camp, but their owners let camp use them for the summer. It's a win-win situation.
Today, Friday, we took a local youth group on a two hour trail ride at camp. We told them about the importance of bomb proofing horses and spending that extra time introducing odd things to calm them. We do want our horses (who are the most sensitive domestic animal) to be desensitized....
But we people are just the opposite in this idea. We don't want to be bomb proofed. We shouldn't be desensitized in many aspects of our lives. We talked about being able to turn off the TV when it was questionable and we talked about how certain music affects us. We should run from evil and not get used to it.
We talked to our youth group about the importance of three things to do in our lives as Christians...consistently read our Bibles, take time to pray to our Heavenly Father, and spend regular time in church hearing God's Word taught and being with fellow beleivers. These three things go a long way to keep us from being desensitized toward the sinful things in this world.
"Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways," says the Lord God. "Repent, and turn from all your transgressions, so that iniquity will not be your ruin." Ezekiel 18:30