Are you someone who procrastinates, waiting until the very last possible second to get something done? Maybe that works for you, better to work under pressure. Are you an overachiever who gets things done way ahead of time, with plenty of time to spare for other things? Being too extreme for either one of these areas can bring consequences, either not actually getting things done properly, or rushing through too fast. I'm sure all of us have been on one of these sides before, even if just by accident. When it comes to faith, we have to find a balance between the two, trying to overachieve and live our best faith life, but not rush through life either. God wants us to find balance, and live a life that has faith spilling through us in everything that we do. Do you have a good balance?
Today's Gospel states:'"Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber; but he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the gatekeeper opens; the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers." This figure Jesus used with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them. So Jesus again said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers; but the sheep did not heed them. I am the door; if any one enters by me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly' (John 10:1-10).
Today's reading talks about Jesus comparing that of a thief and the Good Shepherd. Jesus says that the thief will sneak by, stealing the good things in life, what he is not. Jesus talks about how he is the Shepherd, trying to guide us to finding God, to finding balance, and not to have us rush through when we 'have to' last minute or ahead of time. He is guiding us to live with faith in everything that we do, embracing it. Take some time to pray and ask God to help you find a good balance of faith in all that you do.
Today we pray:
Thank You for being a Good Shepherd and watching over me. Help me to embrace faith in every area of my life, and not rush through.
I pray in Your most holy name, Amen.