Sunday, August 5, 2012

Who Can Shepherd, When it is We Who Are the Lost Sheep?

   Today I had the opportunity to experience a sermon that affect other people more than it did me.  The message was simple, but it is kind of hard to restate.  For me, it was about understanding your gifts and giving them to God.  For others, it was obviously far more than that.  What it did say to me, however, is that my gift is my ministry here and I don't think I've always given it the attention and the grace it needs.
   It is hard, especially in the this day and age, to see the silver lining in everything.  That is one of the things that I fail at most of all.  If I don't watch myself I end up very pessimistic, to the point where I start alienating people.  The news is full of examples of Christians with influence that are doing as much, if not more, harm than good.  Of course, that is just another symptom of our lost and corrupt news media, but it is still enough to taint my perception of my faith.  How do we fix it?  I honestly don't know for sure.  I suppose being conscious of what we do and striving to walk in the tolerance and grace filled footsteps of our Savior.  Thank you to everyone who is still with me despite my failings and thank you to everyone who sticks with in the future, even though I will fail and fail again.  The only advice I have for you today is go out and be kind to others.  Make relationships with people that are so healthy and gentle to make other people jealous.  Show the world through your actions what it really means to follow Christ.

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