“Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.” 1 Peter 5:2-3
Those sweet angel faces above are my flock. That is what the Lord reminded me this morning. Why am I just now getting that? They are my own little sheep and I am their shepherd. (Shepherdess?)
After having read Psalm 23 for the last several days, this thought nearly moved me to tears. My response was a prayer and I thought might share it with you. I pray if you’re struggling to shepherd your flock this morning that you would be refreshed by our God who cares:
Jesus, my King, my Shepherd. I present my little flock to you this morning. Lord…they are the craziest little sheep. They seem bent on injuring themselves. They want to eat weeds, not grass. They bleet incessantly and have endless needs. Lord, these babies you’ve given me wear me out.
But you are my example, Lord. I will lead them as you have led me: with a rod and staff, gently, patiently, caring for all their needs, teaching them to rest in your goodness.
Lord, give me a willingness to serve them. Not just because I have to, but because I have the chance to! Make me eager to serve them. Teach me not to lord my authority over them, but to walk alongside them with humility and compassion, recognizing that I, too, am just a sheep in need of a shepherd.
Thank you, Lord, for your constant reminders that draw me back to you; that set my heart straight each morning. Lead me on, Lord, as I lead them. Amen.