December 22 – Tend the Sheep

Do you see a man diligent and skillful in his business? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men. Proverbs 22:29 AMP

When you’re young, you tend to want to do something big, exciting. Something that makes people say, “Wow, now there’s somebody special”!

But when it comes to fixing your bed, washing the dishes, taking out the trash, washing the car, putting gas in the car, you know, the basics, the motivation toward greatness wanes.

Yet, it is in doing those basic boring day-to-days that greatness is hewn. One of my boys might one day be, pound for pound, the greatest boxer of all time. But right now, his daddy’s impressed with his early morning milking chores and mucking the stalls.

I don’t know if it’s always been like this, but in the time in which we live, stories like little David and his sling shot taking the giant Goliath’s head clean off his shoulders take center stage and get all the press. But nobody even knew the boy’s name when he was out tending his family’s livestock. His own daddy forgot to call him home when a national dignitary stopped in.

Case in point, every one of us have God-given qualities that can one day make a noticeable difference in the grand scheme of things. But the key is realizing that if we can’t be counted on to be consistent on the things nobody sees or cares about, our gifts and greatness won’t be ready.

Word to the wise: you are special…so work on tending those sheep!