Multiply the Impact


Draft horses are in a word, huge. They typically weigh in at between 1400 and 2000 pounds. Their feet are exceptionally large, their front knees are big, backs short, and their hindquarters are powerful. A familiar and easily recognizable type of draft horse are Clydesdale. Who hasn’t seen the famous Budweiser ads featuring those beauties.

Draft horses are a breed primarily suited for work—hard work such as pulling heavy loads. They are not the beautiful, svelte, sleek, and streamlined horses one sees typically under saddle or at the horse racetrack. It is said that a single draft horse can pull 8,000 pounds. It is also said that a pair of draft horses can pull, not 16,000 pounds, but 24,000 pounds! Thus, they multiply their impact.

Being Intentional

Many of us humans sadly miss the mark of being the draft horses of our race, particularly when it comes to the spiritual side of our lives. We tend to go it alone as if we were introverts in that area of our lives. In our efforts at spreading the Word (discipleship) we aren’t being as intentional or open as we could be. While we try to pull our own weight (sometimes not particularly well), we shy away from pulling the weight of our biblical purpose, with others in tow. I sense that this is due to our inherent insecurity about ourselves spiritually. In doing so we fail to multiply our impact. Ecclesiastes in 4:9-12 (ESV) is all about the draft horses we should be.

“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”

Ecclesiates 4:9-12 ESV

Proverbs 27:17 (ESV) says it even more succinctly.

“Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.”

Proverbs 27:17 ESV

And Hebrews 10:24-25 (ESV), in the last part of the last sentence is clear about why we should be spiritual draft horses.

“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”

Hebrews 10:24-25 ESV

The godly way of pulling the load of this thing called life is in community with others. A team of human draft horses sharing the load, walking alongside each other, building each other up, encouraging each other, facing each situation of life while standing in tandem, allows us together to multiply the impact we have on others in our lives or circles.

Some of the roadblocks of being an impact multiplier are fear of the unknown, doubt in ourselves, our hesitancy to release control, a clouded trust of others, and unhealthy attachment to the stuff in the basement of our minds. The antidote is something most of us desire—a craving to matter and help others. Just like draft horses, teamwork fulfills that desire.

Do you impede your own desire to matter and help others (and grow in the process)? You can multiply the impact.

I’m Author Joe Miller and I’d like to thank you for stopping by today!

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