the shepherd school

He chose David his servant and took him from the sheep pens; from tending the sheep he brought him
to be the shepherd of his people Jacob, of Israel his inheritance. And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them.
Psalm 78: 70-72

David started out as a shepherd boy and ended up as a king. That’s something like starting out as a baby in a manger and ending up as the King of the Universe, but not quite.

In David’s case, he, like Moses, was chosen for a certain task. And he learned how to do that task by
taking care of sheep.

Do we learn from the little things we do how to do the big things better? We should, because that is the
expectation for all those who would serve the Lord. What will you do today that you can do well? And
what can you learn from it?

God may not give you a kingdom like he did David. But He has some job for you tomorrow. And He is
teaching you how to do it today.

Pay attention. You too can have skillful hands and a pure heart.

__________________
For Advent, the fourth Wednesday.

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About wally metts

Wally Metts is the daysman. He is director of graduate studies in communication at Spring Arbor University and is a pastor at Countryside Bible Church in Jonesville, MI. The father of four adult children, he and his wife Katie raise barn cats and Christmas trees in Michigan. His grandchildren call him Santa.

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