Big Idea: True shepherds lead from the front and they can show those whom they lead a model that others can and will follow.
Ever thought – why am I doing this out front thing as those whom I love will only do what they want to do anyway? This is a natural response to a challenging time when it seems no matter what we do it will never be enough. This is a natural response to difficult times and when we believe we are all alone in the journey. Keep in mind the shepherd was by himself and was committed to giving his life for his flock. Not once did the sheep say thank you – not once did they encourage him – not once did come up and tell him how brave he is and how much their life depended on his leadership. And yet his responsibility did not change or waive because the sheep did not respond as the shepherd may have wanted. Psalm 23:1 says, the Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. Regardless of our own needs, we want those who we care for to be like the sheep who when the shepherd does his job, do not want for anything.
How are you doing in shepherding regardless of the response from those who you love? What is just one situation you find yourself in, where you will seek God to help you make a better choice as a shepherd? Celebrate that success, even before you face the challenge.
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