hide and seek sheep

These poor sheep aren’t lost. They’re hiding. And they’re in for a beating.

Sometimes you think people are lost when in fact they’ve left you intentionally.

The whole point of the story of the lost sheep is that the shepherd was overjoyed when he found it. And it is presumed that because he was a good shepherd the sheep was overjoyed too.

Don’t scold or punish people for leaving you. It’s that attitude that probably encouraged them to “get lost” in the first place.

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David Hayward runs the blog nakedpastor as a graffiti artist on the walls of religion where he critiques religion… specifically Christianity and the church. He also runs the online community The Lasting Supper where people can help themselves discover, explore and live in spiritual freedom.

  • http://theprodigalprophet.com Dylan Morrison Author

    Leaving a ‘leader’ is a sign of personal growth, both as a human being and as a pilgrim on the Way.

    Unfortunately many ‘sheep’ who stay are in a permanent state of ‘lambship’ and the unwise leader an undeveloped psyche on a follower trip.

    I’ve been there and worn the tee-shirt – trust me.

  • Pat Pope

    Excellent! There are a few people from my last church that say how much they miss me and I believe they’re sincere. Unfortunately, I didn’t leave the church because of them but rather because of some of their friends and enemies who run the church in a way that I just can’t go along with any further. These people have no qualms about who they push aside to further their agenda. So yeah, those folks need not come looking for me. Funny thing though, they haven’t. Maybe that’s what separates true shepherds and people with shepherds’ hearts from non-shepherds. They actually care about the flock.

  • amazonfeet

    Amen! Jesus said “feed my sheep” not “beat my sheep”…

  • http://www.smartdogsolutions.com Thomas A Beitz

    Very clever spin on “lost sheep.” The only recollection I have of Jesus punishing “the sheep” was when He pulled out a whip on the money changers.

    However, it was only a week earlier that He wept over Jerusalem for having “missed their day of visitation.” Perhaps the moral of this story is that one needs to weep before he can whip. Would to God there were more genuine weeping shepherds in our day.