The Good Shepherd

Who is the good shepherd? Do I believe in him? Do I trust him? My fears and worries belie my ambitions — every day I do not do as I want and I do what I do not want to do!  But do my feeble ways change the Good Shepherd? Does my inability to hold my temper, to always forgive from my heart, to be generous to all who cross my path, change anything about the promises of God?

G.K. Chesterton once wrote:Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried.” The scriptures state plainly that with God nothing is impossible. If we have faith, impossibilities are possible. Yet how many times each day do I not even give God a chance?  Instead of looking to the Good Shepherd for guidance, I allow little nagging thoughts to guide me:

-here we go again, this person drives me crazy, I should avoid him…
-this situation makes me nervous, maybe God doesn’t want me in it…
-I’ll never change that habit, I’ve been stuck with it for years — it must not be possible…

These little fledgling un-beliefs lay the ground work for a mindset that doesn’t truly trust the Good Shepherd. It may acknowledge the Good Shepherd, but is not comfortable in letting him have free rein.  Perhaps like me, we all need to be trained into a deeper trust of our true shepherd so new habits of faith can grow. Through this faith our appetites for wanting can be quenched when we allow Jesus to be our Shepherd.

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