At different times in each of our lives, we are care receivers and care givers. If you only receive and never give, you never know what real living is like. If you only give and never receive, you never know what it is to be loved, and it is important for you to know both. Let me tell you a story. Just up the road is a field, with two horses in it. From a distance, each horse looks like any other horse. But if you get a closer look you will notice something quite interesting . . . One of the horses is blind. His owner has chosen not to have him put down, but has made him a safe and comfortable barn to live in. This alone is pretty amazing. But if you stand nearby and listen, you will hear the sound of a bell. It is coming from the smaller horse in the field. Attached to the horse's halter is a small, copper-colored bell. It lets the blind horse know where the other horse is, so he can follow. As you stand and watch these two friends you'll see that the horse with the bell is always checking on the blind horse, and that the blind horse will listen for the bell and then slowly walk to where the other horse is, trusting he will not be led astray. When the horse with the bell returns to the shelter of the barn each evening, he will stop occasionally to look back, making sure that the blind friend isn't too far behind to hear the bell.
Sometimes we are the blind horse, being guided by the little ringing bell of those who God places in our lives, and, at other times, we are the guide horse, helping others to find their way. I have been both and have been blessed because of it. We need to embrace all the ways that God loves us and the ways He needs us to serve. If we do, we are truly blessed, over and over again, every day.