It seems we ALWAYS seek to do
things we choose, in our own way.
But sheep are never left alone
to make up their own minds.
They seem so calm and rested
and do as the shepherd tells them to.
Love and care he offers
and they easily accept.
They are totally dependant on him.
Yet when God reacts this way to us,
we turn the other way.
I used to think sheep foolish creatures!
But, they aren’t the fools,
By Martha L Shaw ©2018
IN THIS LIFE . . .
Are we on a quest to DO what is right,
or to always BE right?
These two are rarely synonymous
and one is HOPELESSLY inefficient!
By Martha L Shaw – © 2018
Good leaders must first become good servants.
– Robert K Greenleaf –
Wow, this says it all. Jesus is the best example of this and we are to be like Him! Let’s live this one, shall we?
Gloom and glory go hand in hand. Have you noticed? It is midday where I sit yet the sun in just now beginning to shine outside my window. As I approach the lamp and snap it off finally, I see more than a colorful lampshade.
- I see reflected glory.
- I see patriotism.
- I see Christian love.
- I see friendship.
My pretty lamp was a gift from a friend as she packed up her home and prepared for deployment. She is in the military. At any moment she can be sent to the center of a war-torn part of the world where she will serve willingly, lead and protect others, live surrounded by death, dying, and destruction. Yet, my friend presents a calm spirit in the face of it all. She sees life as full of beauty and color. So, on this gloomy day, do I. Thanks Lynn!
I present this to you in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge. To participate, click here and read all about it. The theme? Color!
We want to give the children in our lives and hearts the best there is. We want them to have the tools they need to live lives abundantly. We want them to know how deeply they are loved. The best way we can do this is to lead them to Jesus. He is love and He will wrap them in His everlasting love!
You can’t lead the people if you don’t love the people. You can’t save the people if you don’t serve the people. – Cornel West –
Our amazing and loving Lord has been trying to write this message on our hearts since He walked this earth in human form and He still is trying to urge, to teach, to command us to love.
If you have picked up a newspaper, turned on the television or radio, or simply walked down any street whether far or near, you cannot deny that we have failed in this . . . it is not “they” who have failed. It is not an undefined “those who walk in darkness” who need to hear this message . . . it is each and every one of us. Regardless of the denomination of the “church” you belong to, you know that we are the body of Christ and that the ultimate message is love yet all too often the message we focus on is one of being judge. God is the judge. We are not. Want to change the world? Reflect His love!
These are tough times. I can’t think of a soul in my life who doesn’t feel “it” and know what I mean. While perhaps there are always “big” issues to be dealt with, these times seem to provide MANY and all at once. Coping, maintaining a positive attitude, knowing what to do, knowing where to turn . . . is not always simple. What’s the answer? For me, it’s to try to stay in step with the Lord. He is with me in the present. If I turn back, I am likely to stumble, and racing ahead isn’t any better, really. Rushing through things is seldom the most effective approach and often results in a failed effort followed by a “do-over.” There is an answer though:
This poem was inspired by a man who loves the Lord and inspires others by his example . . . it is a conversation between such a man and the one who holds his heart . . . This man truly does inspire others to live more deeply than they ever knew they could. I know from experience.
Where does love lead me?
Oh, the many sleepless nights
followed by long days.
I can’t . . . I wish . . . I want . . . but . . .
in your eyes I find my soul.
by Martha L Shaw Copyright July 25, 2012