"Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness" (2 Corinthians 6:14)?

The morning started with the warmth of a spring sun and God's prompting to take the children outdoors. Winter had been long, and I knew their spirits needed refreshment. Calling homeschooling off for the afternoon, I sent each child his separate way to enjoy his individual interests. My youngest set out to watch the ants as they built their new home, my oldest started down the road for a bike ride, and my two middle children walked to the paddock for a leisurely horseback ride.

After working in my garden for a few minutes, I looked up to see a riderless horse running past me with broken reins dangling from its bridle. As I wheeled around to find my children, I saw my son running toward me with a panicked look on his face. Just then, my daughter appeared staggering and incoherent, holding what was left of the reins in her hands. I quickly took her inside the house to help her lie down. As my son followed us, he proceeded to tell me what had happened. Deciding to ride bareback together, my daughter rode in front with my son sitting behind her. However, as they started to trot, my son lost his balance and fell, grabbing his sister as he went down. Together, they had slipped off the horse's back, and in the fall, my daughter had struck her head on a large rock. After a visit to the doctor, we spent the next three days anxiously watching as my daughter recovered from a concussion and amnesia.

Many things contributed to my children's accident that afternoon. Their horse was overly frisky, they failed to ride with a saddle, and most of all, they shouldn't have been riding double since my son was an inexperienced rider. My daughter's painful lesson was verbalized when she recovered and said, "Sorry, I wasn't thinking. I should have never let him ride with me."

Too many Christians have also learned the same painful lesson — yoking yourself to the wrong person is sure to bring you down. Although we are to reach the lost with the love of Christ, God exhorts us to remember that we are His temple (2 Corinthians 6:16). There's only one way to reach the world yet remain separate and holy unto God. We must yoke ourselves to Him. "Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me" (Matthew 11:29a).

Father, teach me how to love the lost without losing my love for You. Purify my life and use me for Your glory. In the name of Jesus, Amen.