Thoughts from the Shepherds

Thoughts from the Shepherds

Thoughts for Tuesday Mornings

I can often get revved up thinking about doing God’s will. I love long range thinking and the big picture. But, then Monday comes around and getting the practical done starts to slow me down. By Tuesday morning often my zest has settled back into whatever normal was before. Don’t get me wrong, I believe that seeing the big picture and having a vision for your life is very important. But, you gotta go to work. Responsibilities take time. Maintenance…

Thoughts on Doing Your Own Thing

I enjoy drinking Good Earth brand tea and they always have a motivational quote from a famous person – the other day it was “Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your inner voice.” – Steve Jobs I love the idea of Individualism found in these sorts of quotes. It’s very inspiring! Be your own person, don’t let anyone else tell you where to go or what to do, stand up for yourself. Within these popular and sturdy…

How Big is our God?

I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed today. I’ve got a lot I want and need to do but not nearly enough time to do it. This pandemic has been a bit of a shock to the system. As I was taking my concerns to the Lord however I was struck with the thought: Is this trial making me see God as bigger or smaller? When I’m overwhelmed and distracted my God gets smaller and weaker. I think that I’ve got to…

What do we do now?

Yesterday morning I received an email update on my myPanera coffee subscription. A month ago I purchased unlimited coffee for $9 thinking that I have several meetings a week with people in coffee shops and I could save some cash if I consolidated them to Panera. In addition I’d have opportunity to be at the same place regularly and meet random people and workers which would therefore give me a chance to build relationships with those outside my circle. What…

Rejoice? Really?

How ya feeling today? Like skipping, dancing, whooping and laughing? Well, maybe laughing but not in “I’m so happy” sense, more in the life is nuts sense. Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! — Philippians 4:4 (CSB) Rejoice. Have joy… always. That’s tough to do. The Apostle Paul calls us to rejoice. Right in the same passage he says don’t be anxious but pray and you will be guarded by God’s peace. I think that…

Don’t just distract yourself!

Got some extra downtime? Feel like you’re not sure what to do? Last night my wife and I watched The Repair Shop on Netflix. It’s a British show about repairing antiques. They tell the story of three different people and the objects that they have cherished for sometimes generations, how they were broken and then how the craftsmen at the shop repair them bringing them back to their former glory. It’s a relaxing way to spend a half hour at…

Flying in Turbulence

The thought I have had often the last few days is: ” I’ve never seen anything like this”.   But it’s true.  At the risk of sounding old “in all my born days….”.  What are we to do in times like these?  I was reading in Deuteronomy this morning and I read through God’s command to Israel: “Imprint these words of mine on your hearts and minds, bind them as a sign on your hands, and let them be a…

Thoughts on the Virus

Here we go folks! Corona virus has come to Rochester!  But, we’d like to encourage you to do what you should always do: Trust God and Love People. Therefore we will not be afraid, though the earth trembles and the mountains topple into the depths of the seas,Psalm 46:2 (CSB) God expects that his children will trust in him in the face of any danger he allows.  And that trusting in him will allow us to love him and those…

Who do you go to for help?

So David fled and escaped and went to Samuel at Ramah and told him everything Saul had done to him. Then he and Samuel left and stayed at Naioth. — 1 Samuel 19:18 (CSB) We need help. Doing life isolated and alone is unwise at best and deadly at worst. But, who you run to for help is also really important.  Do you go to someone who always agrees with you and just pacifies you in your place of trouble?…