I love this picture!
To me it captures the essence of our ministry, Shepherd’s Heart. The Father’s love for His children. The healing that comes from knowing that love. Godly compassion overflowing from our hearts and becoming joy in the hearts of those around us.
I remember clearly, many years ago God spoke to my heart. “Kina, you are virtually a stay at home Mom and yet you are missing your kids lives. You are so busy working “for me” that you are missing what is truly important.” At that time the local church was meeting 3 times a week in our home, we hosted a once a week neighborhood kid’s Bible club in our back yard, a by-weekly food distribution and assisted with emergency medical care to the less fortunate. “How could I be missing what is truly important?”, I thought.
God always has a way of cutting through all the details to get right to the heart of the matter. “If you win all of Mexico for My Name and you save all sorts of lost children, yet you neglect your marriage & family, and your daughters resent me because “my work” kept you from them…..then you have failed. You MUST show them my love first, minister to your husband first, next your daughters and from that love allow my compassion to overflow to those around you.
I won’t lie, this paradigm shift has not come easily. I still have difficulty really engaging with those around me. It is so much easier to read my Bible, to pray, to make grocery list then go shopping (by myself), it is even sometimes easier to go to the Hope House, slip in under the “kid radar” and go straight to the kitchen for a staff meeting with the cooks. But step by step, day by day I am being transformed into His Image. Giving more of myself to those who are truly dear to me, carving time out of “MY” schedule, & “MY” day to make it “OUR” schedule and “OUR” day.
Isn’t that what life is about? Living life together, enjoying God together, ministering to one another’s needs. Showing compassion. Expressing love. Seeking God’s Heart and then allowing His love to flow from our hearts to those around us.
I want my life & heart to represent the Great Shepherd’s Heart, after all the only things I can take with me into eternity are the ones I love.