Here’s a definition of it I found online: “To put on airs; to behave arrogantly. As long ago as the fourteenth century, persons of high rank rode very tall horses, a custom that came to symbolize superiority and arrogance. By 1800 or so, to be or to get on one’s high horse meant to act superior, with or without justification.”
I believe a high horse attitude is always without justification.
But you know how us wacky humans can get. We love to think we’re all that and a bag of grass-fed pork rinds. And I guess that’s because we’re just so darn cute and nice.
Well, we think we are anyway. The billions of daily selfies are proof of that.
But the real trouble comes in when you dazzle (translate: bamboozle) thousands and even millions of “fans” into believing that same thing about you that you believe, yourself. That’s not to say you shouldn’t build an audience for your goods and wares. But the adulation and praise from a multitude of fans can motivate you to “buy” your own high horse.
And that’s when you might just find me singin’ about you.
Yeah, I wrote a song called “High Horses” back in 2000, and included it in my Amen collection. It’s not directly aimed at YOU. But, then again, it includes you. Because you’ve done it. But don’t feel bad. I’ve done it, too. And if you deny that you have, you might be on a high horse right now.
Uh-oh, you’ve done been corralled there, pawdnuh.
OK, all seriousness aside, High Horses is one of those 13 songs, in the Amen Songbook Journal, I’ve been talking about lately. And, as I’ve said, the lyrics to those songs are in the songbook. But there’s also a link, in the book, that takes you to a download of all the songs for Fah-Ree.
Your journal also includes plenty of pages for you to write down your own thoughts. Or take notes in church or class. Or even compose the lyrics and music for your next song. Get your Amen Songbook Journal, today. And enjoy 13 classic, hard-hitting songs about the Christian life.
We’re riding our high horses.
We’re wearing our best leather and lace.
And we’re riding our high horses…
Hoping to ride them away…
Ride them to favor and grace!
(from the song, “High Horses”)