Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Jeremiah 25:30-38, Psalm 119: 145-176, Romans 10:14-21, John 10:1-18

There are many aspects of my life where I think of myself as a shepherd. I hope that I am a good shepherd. I often pray for help and guidance so that I might be better. So how am I doing?

As a parent, I try to protect my children from harm and guide them down life’s path. At work, I’m responsible for managing other people and their careers. Within our St. Matthew’s congregation, I lead youth activities and groups. I’m also an active leader within a Boy Scout Troop. In a way, these are small flocks that have been entrusted to me. I try to teach and help and guide them all. It’s not as easy as I’d like it to be. Sometimes it feels like a heavy burden to have such responsibility. I often wonder if I’m doing the right thing or doing enough.

God has provided me with numerous opportunities so that I can use the gifts that I have been given to help others. I rely on Him to give me strength when I am tired, and He lifts me up. I find comfort in remembering that I am not just a shepherd, but I am also a member of His flock. Knowing that Jesus is my shepherd brings peace into my life and assurance that I am on the right path and doing well. I pray that you may remember that being one of His sheep can be just as comforting as being a shepherd within His flock.

--PFH

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