Today, I want to say something this article about lambs in Scotland, written by Sheila Walsh in The Stream. She writes: I am very fond of sheep. I grew up on the west coast of Scotland with sheep all around me, field after field of white wool and incessant crying when things seemed a little off.[…]Of all the lessons I have learned from these defenseless, gentle animals, the most profound is the most painful. Every now and then, a ewe will give birth to a lamb and immediately reject it. Sometimes the lamb is rejected because they are one of twins and the mother doesn’t have enough milk or she is old and frankly quite tired of the whole business. They call those lambs, bummer lambs.Unless the shepherd intervenes, that lamb will die. So the shepherd will take that little lost one into his home and hand feed it from a bottle and keep it warm by the fire. He will wrap it up warm and hold it close enough to hear a heartbeat. When the lamb is strong the shepherd will place it back in the field with the rest of the flock.“Off you go now, you can do this, I’m right here.”The most beautiful sight to see is when the shepherd approaches his flock in the morning and calls them out, “Sheep, sheep, sheep!”The first to run to him are the bummer lambs because they know his voice. It’s not that they are more loved — it’s just that they believe it.
How often do we get stuck on numbers (I know I do), thinking that unless we can sweep across the land like good deed crop dusters, eradicating all pain and suffering (or ignorance, or violence, or?) there is no point in the beginning? Mother Teresa began with one person. And then another, and then another.
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An amazing story about a “surprising hero” has emerged in the wake of Hurricane Harvey: a 13-year-old boy from Dickinson, Texas, who reportedly used an inflatable air mattress to save 17 of his neighbors.
I am highly intrigued by this, I can’t endorse something before I’ve seen it, but please look into this for yourselves, and if you can’t financially support it, pray that this movie furthers God’s Kingdom.
Two years ago I pitched a compelling story of forgiveness to a faith-based production company in Ohio. They liked it and agreed to make it one of five feature films they would distribute primarily via video-on-demand and DVD. The following spring, I wrote, directed, and produced the movie, with the help of a wonderful cast and crew.“One of these things is not like the others.” Then late last year, while we were in post-production, it became apparent that Over-the-Rhine, named for the urban Cincinnati enclave where its story takes place, was darker, earthier, and more universal than the other four films. When a Hollywood distribution rep saw it, he said, “This should be seen at as many movie theaters as possible, not just on video.”So we tested Over-the-Rhine at ICFF, the largest Christian film festival in the world, where it received nominations for Best Picture, Most Inspirational Picture and Best Score, and received a special Honorable Mention. More importantly, however, the audience claimed it as their own; many called it the most powerful faith-based movie they’d ever seen.
Many of us from time to time feel useless. Many simply just don’t want to hear what we a Christians are talking about. Some get angry. We often never see the impact that we make on others, and it can lead to a very dark place, where we want to just give up.
When I feel like that an episode of the Twilight Zone of all things brings me back to Earth. The episode is called “The Changing of the Guard” It is about an English teacher who has been teaching for 50 years. He is forced into retirement. When he sees what some of his students have accomplished, and he feels like his life in comparison was wasted. It drives him to want to take his life. Before he can commit suicide, however, he is interrupted by the sound of bells that should not be ringing. When he goes to check it out, he finds that his classroom is filled with the ghost of former students. Each of those students gave their life for the sake of others. One even received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his valiant death. Each of those students had come back from the grave to tell him that they learned loyalty, ethics, courage, and other things in his class that enabled them to be the brave men that they were. In a sense, their accomplishments were also his.
Often we do not get to see the results of the things that we tell others. You may feel like you haven’t made a difference, but if a simple man teaching literature to young men can inspire courage, and loyalty big enough to actually save lives, just imagine how a teacher of God’s word, with God behind them, can make!
If you are faithfully serving God, you are making an impact, even if you don’t see that impact. God will see to it that you do have one!