“If you feel lost, disappointed, hesitant, or weak, return to yourself, to who you are, here and now and when you get there, you will discover yourself, like a lotus flower in full bloom, even in a muddy pond, beautiful and strong.”
― Masaru Emoto, The Secret Life of Water
There is a great parable in Luke 15:1-7: Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” Then Jesus told them this parable: “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.”
The point of this parable is the subject of today’s Sunday Sentiment. It is okay to get lost. We all feel lost at times. But the good news is that we have a good shepherd who is willing to come after us. I believe the point of this parable is clear. Jesus wanted to model for us what we should be like when it comes to helping and loving one another. Our job as believers, as people of faith, as connected spirits on this planet is to help and love one another. Period. There is no greater call we can have on our lives.
The challenge now, in this time in which we live, is that we are BUSY. We are lost ourselves, so how can we possibly have time for another. But our shepherd does not get weary, or tired. He does not run with the herd of sheep. He will instead run after the one who is lost. I talk a lot about “knowing your front row” in life. If I could give you any advice, I would tell you to surround yourself with people who will run after you when you get lost. You want people in your life who will come and find you. Who will put together a rescue party and a search party to find you. You need to be and you want to be surrounded with people who have a shepherds mentality. Shepherds know their sheep, they love their sheep, and they will risk life and limb to care for their sheep.
We, who are so in need of comfort and love ourselves, can be so harsh on others. Instead of finding our lost friend, helping to restore a sister or brother, we judge, we condemn. We do not have the attitude and mind of Jesus. He asks no questions when we cry out for His help. He just comes to rescue us. We need to learn to do the same for others. We need to make the time to love. Make the time to listen. Make the time to laugh. Make the time to go and find that family member, that fallen soul who so desperately needs to be rescued. We must remember that we too are sheep. And that we too need the shepherd to find us at times.
As we settle in to yet another Sunday afternoon, I hope that you will consider the lessons of this powerful but short parable shared by the Lord. The lessons are critical tools for us to use in this journey we call life. Here are my takeaways for what it means to be in the “lost and found” of life:
- That each of us has value, even the smallest and least among us. We all have value, and God loves us so much that He will leave the 99 others to come and find his 1 lost lamb.
- That being lost can ultimately lead us to the place of our purpose. The place where we rediscover ourselves and thrive by walking in our truest selves.
- That you need people in your life row who will love you so much that they will come and find you, they will help you, they will cut a hole through a roof for you. You need shepherds in your life. And you need to be a shepherd for others.
- That there is hope. There is redemption. There is still a new tomorrow in your life.
- That you are worthy. You are necessary. You are vital. You matter. No matter your past, no matter where you wandered off to, you can be restored, redeemed, renewed when the Good Shepherd comes to find you.
That is all. I hope you are having a great day. I am watching Super Soul Sunday. And finishing up The Woman Code.