Perhaps the worst aspect of independency,
of being ShepherdDave, is the judging I do, of everyone and everything, every minute of every day, until the Shepherd’s Spirit graciously convicts me, giving me awareness of the oppressive weight of being judge/critic of all, thumbs up/down, especially harshly judging myself, leaving me joyless and peaceless, though confident I know best. Ahhh. Freshly convicted, I’m eager to confess, surrender, and experience once again, the bliss of dependency as DumbSheepDave, clueless about what would be best for me or anyone, but trusting that my Shepherd knows, and that He will execute His genius plan for all. When I’m dependent I not only have a healthy-indifference toward everyone and everything, but a thankfulness for everyone and everything, just as they are.
Then the second-worst aspect of independency, is feeling all alone with the challenges/problems I face. Up to me. Weight of world on my shoulders. Ugh.
–DumbSheepDave, unwilling to trade the bliss of dependency for the confidence of being ShepherdDave, at least for the moment, hoping the pre-believers around him are noticing the difference his ShepherdJesus has been making over the past year
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