I Need A Shepherd

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.

John 10:11

If you were raised in church, or maybe you have been attending a church recently, you may have heard the analogy of Jesus as our Good Shepherd. This isn’t some imagery the church has crafted because it is cute. Jesus identified himself as our Good Shepherd (of course he also identified himself as the sheep gate, but he was working a tough crowd).

Overgrown path

Overgrown path (Photo credit: Martin Dixon)

Life has become pretty unstable recently. Not all in a bad way, but things seem to be really crazy in my life. There are some concerns at work (if you are not experiencing concerns at work I thank God for your good fortune!), I am having difficulty staying ahead of my coursework this semester, our family has experienced what seems like two months of sickness, I am struggling with the time I have to devote to ministry, and our second daughter is due in two weeks! Right now, in my life, I could use a shepherd. I know some people view religion as a crutch, and we often try to explain that away. But sometimes, when life gets tiring, I am glad that I have a Good Shepherd willing to lead me.

Life is too crazy and too fast paced to simply wander aimlessly. I want my life to be filled with purpose. And I know that Jesus is the shepherd to continue guiding me to that purpose. I am thankful for his guidance in my life, and for all of the ways he leads me in a direction I sometimes question. The path occasionally looks intimidating (He once led his disciples into a storm!), but I recognize my shepherd knows where he is guiding me. And I know that his destination for me is far greater than anything I could envision on my own.

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About Mitchell Norton
My life was changed when God saw fit to forgive me of my rebellion against him. I am not worthy of a righteous God, and I am thankful that he reached out to me. My walk with the Lord has lead me to understand that loving others is just as important as loving God. I am a husband to a beautiful wife, father to an adorable daughter (and one on the way!), and servent of the Gospel. I am not perfect, but one day I will be. "Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord and has made the Lord his hope and confidence." - Jeremiah 17:7

One Response to I Need A Shepherd

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