Sunday, July 10, 2011
6:18 A.M. The alarm goes off... can it be that time already? Emily, time to get going. The longer we wait, the less time we have to run and the more humid Tennessee gets! We start running around our little neighborhood while the sun starts the journey across the sky. This is OUR time to talk.
While reading chapter 15 of Christ's Object Lessons, I studied the story of The Lost Sheep. Everyone knows that God is the Great Shepherd and He is searching for us, the lost sheep. But how many of us have taken on the role of being a shepherd for those lost sheep that we know? Christ calls us to this job, once we have accepted His sacrifice, and expects us to learn the rules of life's hide-and-seek for lost souls. Every time you walk away from a lost sheep without extending the guiding staff of love, that sheep will potentially be lost... forever. Christ died for all one-hundred sheep, even the one that ran away.
Emily and I know this is our duty, to become shepherds for lost sheep, but what do we do if all our friends are already Adventist. This certainly would not apply to us. How do you witness to those other shepherds? Then reality struck. Just because we say "Happy Sabbath", make our famous potluck specialty, and take an afternoon hike does not mean we can't be lost. Most often, the time I spend with these friends on Sabbath is not spent discussing our joys of being a shepherd or even the blessings we received from God. More likely, our talk will pertain to topics of the world. Is our duty to usher the other herdsmen back onto the trail we traverse? Should we start singing "More, more about Jesus" as loud as we can? How do you stand up to those who have already taken after the Shepherd?
7:08 A.M. Finally back home. The cool air of the dining room brings a delightful feeling upon our steamy skin. The canister of granola is placed in the middle of the table with blueberries and bananas as extra toppings. This is my morning routine, my time to converse with God and learn more about Him.
Have you had your granola today?