Consider this different perspective on how the Good Shepherd guides you in life to help you make the best choices
Following the flock
Shepherds have a difficult job. They must transport hundreds of sheep without losing sight of a single one. There is a right way and a wrong way to perform this task. The wrong way to herd sheep is to run ahead and yell for them to go where you want them to go. Instead of obeying, the sheep will scatter across the mountainside. A skillful shepherd takes a much different approach.The Old Testament tells the story of a wise shepherd, the prophet Amos. As the Lord was giving him direction, Amos said, “And the Lord took me as I followed the flock.”
A step into the dark
The Good Shepherd certainly uses the pattern of following His sheep when it comes to our lives. He is behind us, guiding our path, but He will not control and lead our every step. He allows us to make our own choices.At times we may wish for the Lord to tell us exactly what we are supposed to do. However, if He were to do this, there would be no opportunity for us to grow. Elder Richard G. Scott said, “The Lord will not let you proceed too far without a warning impression if you have made the wrong decision.”
BYU-Pathway and the Good Shepherd
Many BYU-Pathway students struggle to know what to study or what career path to follow. While the Lord could easily give each person a map of their life to follow day by day, He would never do that. Instead, the Lord allows us to choose! By exercising our agency, we grow to become like our Heavenly Father.
Remember, “The Lord is [your] shepherd, and [you] shall not want.” He trusts us to make hard decisions, and we can trust that He will never abandon His sheep.
What choices has the Good Shepherd guided you to in your life?