There can only be one winner in the race and everybody knows it. This is the reason why those placing bets are so careful about their selection. The stakes can get very high and choosing the wrong horse can cost someone thousands of dollars. Everyone scouts the horses in search for a horse of a different color.
As mentioned before, the paddock is the green area where the horses are saddled prior to the race, as well as where the onlookers can more carefully examine the prospects. Although all the horses in the paddock have been trained for the race, there is only one that has been trained for the win.
The telltale signs of a horse that is not ready for the race are obvious; sluggishness, nervousness, sweating, holding its head down, and bucking. This can be seen in many a horse but what is few and far between is the spirit of confidence found in a champion horse.
A horse isn’t born with race winning confidence but instead is trained up this way. There are many factors that contribute into this training including how the horse is handled, consistency, reliability, and connection. The trainer works hard at establishing these core fundamentals off the track in order that the horse would be successful on the track. Because a good trainer knows that a champion spirit is built behind the scenes and not when crossing the finish line.
A horse of a different color is a rare commodity. It is the excellence in which it performs that separates it from the rest. Contrary to what some believe, it is the effort and discipline before the race that bring the win and not a streak of luck.
I like to believe that I am a horse of a different color ready for the race. Although, I have to admit there are times I feel more like a pony going around in circles in an endless ring. As I patiently wait for my turn to be loaded into the starting gate, I am reminded continually that my race has been promised and I have been bred for the win.
A champion horse is a product of its trainer and likewise, we are products of a master trainer. One who handles us gently and knows when to pull the reins. One who is consistent in His love for us and never gives up in spite of our “pony” moments. One we can rely on to strengthen our weak areas before ever putting us out on the track, and finally, One who we have connection with.