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Good Shepherd

Jesus the Good ShepherdTo the child in all of us, Jesus becomes a friend, a parent, a healer, a comforter even a partner in life. He becomes at different times the Good Shepherd, the Bread of Life, the Vine or the Living Water depending upon our need. Jesus said in Matthew 11.28,29, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." Some of us may have a logical grasp on the way of salvation but unless we gain something of the child as well it can become merely a cold intellectualism. Didn't Jesus say that unless one became like a little child one cannot enter the kingdom of heaven?✞

Parent

Person teaches two childrenThe "parent" in each one of us has two main and different functions. First, the parent enables an individual to raise up actual children, thus promoting the survival of the human race. Secondly, the parent saves us a good deal of time and energy by making many automatic responses in everyday experiences. When we tell someone loudly and firmly, "Don't touch!" they instinctively pull their hand away from whatever it was that was a danger. God has given us parenting skills to free up a person from the necessity of making innumerable trivial decisions over and over again and allows him or her to use either the more productive logical Adult functions or emotive Child functions more fully.✞

"Parenting Actual Children"
by Ron Meacock © 1982-2018

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