….and Are You Called To Shepherd Others?
I awoke in a hotel of rooms stacked one on top of another. Reminiscing about the previous evening with friends, a thought comes to mind in the bright morning light. God blesses our relationships we honor. Friends are valued like Mom’s fine China she’d use on Sunday. Taken out of a hutch, like a trophy from a shelf, you hold this connection delicately for there’s nothing else like it. We look at each other and wonder why life sent us different directions yet we’re still allowed to share our experiences as we retire from life’s ventures. God rounds out our personalities because He somehow understands the importance of camaraderie.
Some though merely exist, alone and separated from the love of others. Late in life, when we need each other the most, some wake with their lives closed out from their souls. You can’t help but wonder where God is in their world. Painting a way to find Jesus, our mornings are brighter when we live in prayer.
Returning to my roots, I look for spirits to connect to once again. Many are more interested in appearances and status than acquaintances. I feel the absence of strength as I walk about in the misty harbor. So, I ask God how I can shepherd those too busy with their self-absorbing destinies. They’re not aware that He is the tour guide carrying their spirits. Many are too wrapped up in material gifts to justify their tranquility that exists only because of God. At the end of the day when goodbyes are made, we walk away with our heads held high. I know, in some small way, I gave my heart to the good of mankind…. shepherding His name.
Are You Called To Shepherd Others?
- A Christian leader must pick up the towel and serve others. He/She is a constant guide of encouragement to their flocks – a caretaker, if you will. Much time and energy may be spent “herding the sheep”, sacrificing every waking moment.
- A Christian must lead their sheep to the greener pastures of God’s word. Sometimes, this may mean becoming personally involved in other’s lives, ensuring that all are “fed”—and fed well. Discipleship and sharing every day are key characteristics of a shepherd.
- A Christian leader should remove fear from others and strive to resolve conflicts. They will not hesitate to confront others about things in their life that need to be removed. Using a “rod and a staff”, they fend off evil and rescue the good sheep by helping them get through the rough spots of life.
- A strong Christian follows the Lord as well. Our leadership is only successful if we are leading people in the path of Christ.