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B Moments, role

God Will Turn Your Simple Role into Greater

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

Today, I am thinking about how God can take a simple role and position you with it for greater.

Recently, we’ve been talking about how King Saul had fallen out of grace with God. Soon thereafter, God chose David as the new anointed one to serve as king. Yet by the looks of David’s life and the various roles he played, one may not see him as a king.

For example, David often played the harp for Saul. As the spirit of the Lord left Saul, Saul went into bouts of deep depression, and David was sent to play the harp for Saul to soothe his mind.

In another instance, David was a shepherd boy where most of his life’s work was tending sheep. In fact, there was a time when all David did was go back and forth between playing the harp for Saul and tending sheep. Meanwhile, David’s brothers appeared to have a more prominent role as they served in the army.

However, one day David’s father sent David to the battlefield to bring lunch to his brothers. It was this moment and all of those moments that seemed so simple that positioned David perfectly for one of the greatest accomplishments of his life: defeating Goliath.

So, although you might feel like you’re in a simple role that’s not necessarily leading anywhere, have faith that God is leading you to greater by clinging to my favorite Scripture, which is: “For I know the plans I have for you…plans to prosper you and not to harm you.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

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So today, go forth knowing that God can take a simple role and turn it into greater.

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Know Who Your Good Shepherds Are

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: John 10:11 (ESV)

This morning, my heart is heavy, and I’m focusing on what a modern-day shepherd looks like.

Our country experienced another blow with yet another mass shooting. This time, seventeen students were shot and killed at a high school in Parkland, Florida. I know it’s been in the news for days now, but it is still on my heart this morning.

Two of the seventeen who were killed were Aaron Feis, a 37-year-old football coach, and 49-year-old Chris Hixon, who was the school’s athletic director and wrestling coach. I’d like to dedicate this morning’s B Moment to them.

I’ve talked before about the role of a good shepherd, and these two men epitomize that for me. In ancient times, the sheep would stay in a sheepfold, and when all the sheep were inside, the shepherd would physically lay across the opening, using his body to form a gate since the sheepfold had no door.

This is exactly what happened in that high school. The students were in an open hallway and there was no door, so these brave souls lay their bodies across their students to protect them. There is no higher good on this earth, one would think, than to sacrifice your life for another.

I just want to sit with that and realize that we never know what a day holds; we never know who God will work through. As we do ponder that, let us cling to these few words and remember: “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep.” John 10:11 (ESV)

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So today, know who your modern-day good shepherds are.

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Know that Christ Is Your Shepherd

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: John 10:11 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about the power of Jesus’ protection.

In ancient times, sheep would stay in a sheepfold—a stone corral with a very narrow opening. After all the sheep were inside, the shepherd would physically lay across the opening, using his body to form a gate since the sheepfold had no door. Nothing could enter or exit the fold without the shepherd knowing about it.

The Scriptures teach us that the shepherd knew when his sheep needed him, or when one of them had gone astray, because he guarded the fold this way.

That’s the image that I have for us today. Imagine the covering and protection a shepherd provides for his flock. Thanks to Jesus, we have that same type of protection. Nothing can get to us and nothing can harm us because Jesus is right there at the gateway to guard us.

Cling to that image for a moment. Imagine that protection going before you and following you. As you do so, stand on these words: “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep.” John 10:11 (ESV)

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So today, feel that covering and protection, and know that Christ is your shepherd.

B Moments, protect

Your Shepherd Will Protect You from Harm

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: John 10:11 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about the power of Jesus’ protection.

This week, I am reflecting on all the ways Jesus reveals himself to us. In the gospel of John, he teaches us that he is the light, the king, and the resurrection. But today, I am focusing on his role as the shepherd.

In ancient times, sheep would stay in a sheepfold—a stone corral with a very narrow opening. After all the sheep were inside, the shepherd would physically lay across the opening, using his body to form a gate since the sheepfold had no door. Nothing could enter or exit the fold without the shepherd knowing about it.

The Scriptures teach us that the shepherd knew when his sheep needed him, or when one of them had gone astray, because he guarded the fold this way.

That’s the image I have for us today. Imagine the covering and protection a shepherd provides for his flock. Thanks to Jesus, we have that same protection. Nothing can get to us and nothing can harm us because Jesus is right there at the gateway to guard us.

As we hold that image in our minds, let us also hold onto these words: “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep.” John 10:11 (ESV)

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So today, feel that covering and protection, and know that Christ is your shepherd.

B Moments, lost

God Is Using You to Save the Lost

B Moments, lost

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Luke 8:16 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how important it is for God to go after the lost.

I was recently reading in Luke about the time Jesus used several examples to illustrate the emphasis God places on His lost souls. Jesus was delivering this message in the presence of tax collectors, notorious sinners, and, as the Scriptures say, the Pharisees, who saw themselves as superior to these sinners. Nevertheless, Jesus preached a compelling message to them all.

Christ began with the example of the lost sheep. He said that although a shepherd may have 100 sheep, if one goes astray, even if the other 99 are safe, he will go out in the middle of the night to find that last sheep. Then, when he finds this sheep, he will call all of his friends to rejoice.

Jesus then used another example, this time of a woman with valuable coins. If this woman has ten valuable coins and then loses one coin, she will look in every nook and cranny until she finds it. When she finally locates it, she will call her friends and neighbors to celebrate.

Here’s what I missed before. Luke 15:7 tells us that heaven will be happier over one lost sinner returning to God than over 99 others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away at all.

I realized that this preoccupation with the lost relates to my recent thoughts about acknowledging our own spiritual growth. Sometimes God actually uses this spiritual growth to silently reach His lost.

Think about these words the next time you believe God is using you: “No one after lighting a lamp covers it or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light.” Luke 8:16 (ESV)

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So today, know that God not only recognizes your growth, He’s using it to help others.

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God Is Grooming You for Greater

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Isaiah 55:8 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how God is grooming us for greater.

This week, I’ve been talking a lot about my youngest son going off to college and his fears about not liking the school. Since it was not one of his top choices, he is afraid that once he arrives, he’ll realize it isn’t the right fit and will simply want the year to end so he can transfer.

However, I have learned from my own personal experience that even though it might seem like we’re off course or in the wrong place, we are truly right where we’re supposed to be. In fact, God often wants us there because He is grooming us for something greater.

When I think about being groomed for something better, I can’t help but think of David and his story. In his case, God used tending sheep and working in the fields to groom David for a 40-year reign as king.

Although we, as humans, cannot see any alignment between working the fields tending sheep and ultimately ending up in the palace, the fact is that David’s time in the fields was crucial to his reign.

As the Scripture teaches us, God’s ways are not our ways. So, my advice to my son is the same as my advice to us all. Even when we think we’re not where we’re supposed to be, we’re exactly where God wants us to be. With that, let us cling to these words: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways.” Isaiah 55:8 (ESV)

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So today, know that God is grooming you for greater.

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God is Uniquely Preparing Me

Bmoments, Prepared

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

Today, I am thinking about the various ways that God prepares us. Sometimes we’re being prepared, and we’re  well aware of it.  Other times God is preparing us, but we don’t realize it until after the fact.  One example, is how He used sheep to prepare David for the great work that lay ahead in his life. David started out as a shepherd boy. His primary role was to provide food and water for his sheep, and to ensure they did not go astray.  He also made sure they visited the salt lock to keep them healthy, and he protected them against external threats. God used sheep to teach David how to be a warrior-like king, and not a king in name only.

There have been times in my life where I felt like I was experiencing a humdrum period in my life.  It felt like a period where no real action was taking place, and things did not appear to be advancing for me.  What I didn’t realize was that God was using what I called “humdrum” to teach me discipline and to prepare me for the next level in my life.  I only made this connection in hindsight.

The Words that inspire me are, “For I know the plans that I have for you; plans to prosper you and not to harm you.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

Tomorrow, let’s talk about how our words matter. Please pass this reflection on to those who are seeking the answers to the whys in their lives,  and let’s support each other in the exciting times and the preparation times.

If you feel like your life is a little humdrum, remember, God is preparing you for what is ahead.