"Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says ‘Rejoice with me: I have found my lost sheep.’”
Luke 15: 4-5
In this weeks message on Matthew 18, Sabastian was talking about how in the old times the shepherd would go out to search for that one lost sheep. And when he found that sheep, it was common for shepherds to break that prone-to-wandering sheeps leg and reset it to discipline and prevent it from wandering off in the future. Sabastian emphasized this point to illustrate that as our Heavenly Father He may discipline us or let us go through pain at a certain moment to teach us and prevent us from making the same mistakes over again.
I think i’ve finally realized how far I’ve been wandering and how lost I am. I feel like I haven’t really been following His voice and instead have been trying to figure out a path for myself. I have no clue what i’m doing though and I’m done pretending that I am.
But now i’m ready to go home. I’m honestly scared of getting my leg broken haha, cause I know whatever is ahead is definitely not going to be easy. But how beautiful is it that the shepherd “joyfully puts the sheep on his shoulders and goes home.” That in our brokenness and shame, we are joyfully lifted up and carried home.
What If You Just Left?
Have you ever wondered how much life would change if you got onto a plane randomly, without telling anyone, and left the world that has been so familiar to you for a long period of time? Like those times when you go on vacation and you have no way to contact those people at home to know what’s been happening since you been away. Don’t you wonder how many people would miss you? How many people would have even noticed that you’re gone? Don’t you ever wonder the magnitude of how much the people and things may change when you’re in a different place entirely as time will not wait for your return.
For a brief moment, you must realize that life can still move forward without you. That the world truly doesn’t revolve around us. And though we may be missed, time doesn’t become frozen when we’re gone, but quickens in its incredible speeds to change the reality that we once knew. It doesn’t make us any less important to the people who loves us and who we know, but it should make us humble. To realize that to never take the people we have for granted, because it’s easy to leave and forget. It’s our jobs to keep the people in our lives that we want in it.
I wanna do this lol
Are you becoming more sweet-spirited, more like Jesus? Are you looking soberly in the mirror each day and praying, ‘Lord, I want to conform to Your image in every area of my life’? Or has your bitterness taken root, turning into rebellion and hardness of heart? Have you learned to shield yourself from the convicting voice of God’s Spirit?David Wilkerson (via godmoves)
bunny friends looking at the sky together
this is the cutest thing my heart is melting
If I have given my heart to Christ, than what right do I have to say what He should do with it? If I am to give Him this soul, should I not be blessed if He wills to break it and change it? I should spend no less than all my days praising Him for the pain; for when Christ breaks our hearts, He does it so that we might be holy as He is holy.
So praise Him; even through the pain.T.B. LaBerge // Go Now (via teatimewithjesus)