Luke 12:7 - Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
Do you ever feel like people around you are trying to beat you down into submission either physically or emotionally? Are they so set in their ways and feel justified in their actions that they strike out at you every chance they can get? This is no way to live, either for the one being beaten or the one taking their pain out on someone else. You’re worth so much more than that. You can be strong and let yourself out of the cage that others have pushed you into. Be your own person. But also realize that you sometimes need someone to point you in the right direction without hurting you. They are like the shepherds in our lives. A shepherd never beats his sheep into submission. He taps them on the side to move them in the direction they need to go, or they raise their staff in the air as the shepherd himself guides the sheep to greener pastures. Jesus is our great Shepherd. He will gently lead us and he can steer us away from those who believe beating someone down is the only way to get them to do what they want.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.