Posted by: Don Linnen | 29 February 2012

“Blessed Are the Flexible…

…for they shall not get bent out of shape.”

That was the motto of Betsy Shirley while she raised 23 foster children – all boys. She is featured in a terrific documentary about one of those boys, Buck Brannaman.  

Be flexible – what a great reminder for us – whether we deal with animals on four legs or two.

Thursday night my son told me of the challenges of dealing with a strong-willed two-year old – someone learning her independence. Friday afternoon I’m being ordered around by a 95-year-old man – someone struggling with loosing his independence.

The baby girl and the old man are doing what’s natural. Both are frustrated. Both are demanding. Both are grumpy. Our only response is to flex and to love.

That’s not entirely different from what Jesus calls us to do. Maybe that’s why it’s so hard sometimes.


  1. […] that I was so taken by the documentary movie Buck. It’s a story (mentioned in a previous post) about a remarkable horse trainer, Buck Brannaman, with a remarkable way of getting stallions to […]

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