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Topic: Leadership (03/14/05)
TITLE: Just Rambling, God
By Sally Hanan
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Jesus was a leader. He managed to teach twelve disciples how to love You and do what You wanted them to do. Most of them were killed for doing it. Is that what leaders do? Are they so inspiring that they lead you to an early death?
By the way, why did you save John? Mom says he didn’t get off all that lightly, muttering something about a pot of boiling oil and being stuck on an island alone for years. I suppose by dying early the others got to be with you sooner. I think I’d like to be with You more than be on an island alone, with no one but myself for company.
Our youth pastor isn’t a very good youth leader. It’s so boring listening to him week after week, not being able to talk or ask questions or have any fun. I wish we had the guy who left before I got there. He was fun and listened to everyone and didn’t get mad when someone messed up. I wonder why he left. Mom looked at me funny when I asked her why.
Mom says that we’re called sheep so much in the Bible cuz we are so stupid. I don’t think I’m all that stupid, am I God? I heard someone say that if a sheep runs away the shepherd has to break the sheep’s legs to stop him from running away again. The shepherd has to protect him from wolves and wild dogs. Do You ever break people’s legs? If a sheep falls on his back he won’t roll back over- he’ll die that way. That’s pretty stupid. The shepherd has to find him and roll him back onto his legs.
Mom said tonight that sheep are the only animal that can’t self-feed; if you put one in a field with delicious grass he will keep eating until he dies. She says that’s why in Psalm 23 it says He MAKES His sheep lie down.
You must love shepherds. They were the first ones you sent the angels to when Jesus was born. Is it because they work so hard looking after sheep, stupid animals that haven’t a brain cell in their heads? Is it because You understand how hard a shepherd's job is?
If I was a leader I wouldn’t waste my time on stupid people, but then….Mom listens to me all the time, so does Dad, and they never act as if any of my questions are dumb, even if they are sometimes. Maybe it's not such a nasty job.
They listen when I talk to them, even if it’s something really boring, like when I talk about Power Pets and how much money I’m making. Mom even asks for my opinion when she’s thinking about things. I can always trust her to tell me the truth, and if I’m doing something badly she helps me to do it better. Dad loves to push my hair back from my face and tell me how pretty I am. He always finds nice things to tell me about myself, and he makes me laugh. He explains lots of things to me about science and weather. He knows a lot about computers. I’m really glad about that bit, cuz he thinks my having a computer of my own is very important :)
I guess Mom and Dad are in leadership in our family. They’re kind of like my shepherds. You said that Your sheep know Your voice. I know what their voices sound like and I have to do what they say, even when I don’t want to, but it's a safe sort of feeling - having them sure they know what's right, even when I think they're wrong. They’ve taught me a lot about You; Mom especially loves you a lot. She’s always reading about You or talking about You or praying for someone, or putting on praise and worship music so she can spend time with You. She’s always in a better mood after she does it too.
I guess Mom and Dad are a bit like You. They love me and they lead me the right way. If I’m ever a leader, help me to be like them God. They make me want to know You more, know what I mean?
I guide you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths-Proverbs 4:11
……..lead me to the rock that is higher than I. – Psalm 61:2
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