Matthew 18:12-14 -The Voice
A shepherd in charge of 100 sheep notices that one of his sheep has gone astray. What do you think he should do? Should the shepherd leave the flock on the hills unguarded to search for the lost sheep? God’s shepherd goes to look for that one lost sheep, 13 and when he finds her, he is happier about her return than he is about the 99 who stayed put. 14 Your Father in heaven does not want a single one of the tripped, waylaid, stumbling little ones to be lost.
Monday of Christmas week. Right about now you’ve probably gone down memory lane remembering your childhood Christmases, the family and friends who were part of those memories, and a thousand little memories of this miraculous week of yesteryears.
Those memories will make you laugh, cry or shake your head. It’s all in your perspective.
I’m going to challenge you to see through God-colored lenses for the rest of the year.
Instead of weaving yourself into a melancholic tizzy, why not see through grateful lenses?
All of us carry burdens no one ever sees.
Those burdens stop us from impacting today’s moments and behaviors, which become tomorrow’s memories.
Your loss was terrible, we understand, but you survived and someone else’s loss can be made easier because you step in with a kind word, a kind thought and a hug or a prayer. Just like that lost sheep in the verse above, The Lord sees your pain.
A few months ago I wrote Gratitude is good for the soul to help me see clearly through some tough times, which included the passing of my mother and four people I dearly love.
I urge you to start your gratitude list/journal now and see how long it is by Dec. 31. It will make you realize that the God who created you will never let you go!
You are significant to God.
Make your time on earth count, make your life significant.