'If everyone would come after me, he must deny himself and just take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it. What good is it for a guy to get the whole world, yet lose his soul'? Mark 8: 34-36, NIV
This has been a long difficult summer and yet so completely alive with all the current possibilites that God has shown me. I discovered analysis by browsing the Internet. I am rapidly approaching the not exactly completed task of co-authoring a book on natural dog health with a holistic veterinarian, released out a new product line with Saving Grace Enterprises, and ramping up for an on the web meeting with vets, medical practioners, etc., to help inform on ending a superbug staph illness. Now this all seems sort of significant right? Well perhaps not based on what God is telling me all week!
Last Sunday in-service, our pastor had a really interesting sermon on Psalm 2-3 as we shut out a series on The Godward Heart. We've all seen and read that psalm since we were children probably, no matter what Christian religion we are. However, I've never noticed it presented like this and that is almost certainly why it resonated so fully with me. I would like to do my usual roundabout means of getting to the point here...
Psalm 23 is about the Shepard and His sheep, right? Understanding what a shepard's duty was and how h-e went about this in Jesus' time is what got my attention. Anyone who has read my articles here realize that I am not only a pet lover but my business is a business in natural pet care. When our pastor began describing how a shepard cares for his sheep and what instruments he uses, I felt like God was sitting next to me and whispering in my ear and it sent shivers up my spine in a most beautiful way!
I have wondered for a long-time how God would use me in an all natural pet care company. Then He brought me along with Dee Kreidel and Saving Grace Enterprises to generate our new product line in custom hand-tooled leather collars, leads and journals. Huh I said? So how exactly does that opt for normal pet-care Lord? I obtained an interesting response Sunday AND one which told me never to get myself so seriously. I will arrive at all-that in a bit.
The shepard had an employee (most of us know that) that was about 5 or 6 ft tall I real