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“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the Sun has risen not only because I see it but because by it I see everything else.”

C.S. Lewis, Christian Theologian

Do you see — yourself, others, the world — as God sees? Or have distractions blinded you from seeing God’s vision?

By God’s grace open your eyes and see.

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Listen

Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no danger because you are with me. Your rod and your staff— they protect me.

Psalm 23:4

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Think

Isn’t it hilarious how the most popular psalm in the Bible is mostly written from the perspective of a sheep? Certainly talking animals have always been a hit; ask any Disney executive. Yet, I imagine Psalm 23’s popularity originates from more than cuteness.

Perhaps the human experience resonates with the life of a sheep. After all, while we have achieved so much in our short existence on this planet, we still are quite small compared to the world in which we live. We still butt heads over things that don’t matter. We are still lazy. We still eat until we get sick and make dumb decisions all the time. We still wander off from the safe path, and we are still quite helpless to the dangers that hide in the shadows. Maybe our identification with Psalm 23 comes from realizing that we too are sheep. And we always will be.

While others cling to the idea of becoming shepherds, masters of their universe — accept your sheep-like state and trust your Good Shepherd will provide.

Matt Andrews

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Pray

Good Shepherd, even in the darkest valleys, you always look out for me. You are my eyes. All I have to do is trust in you. Amen.

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Go

Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
naught be all else to me, save that Thou art:
Thou my best thought, by day or by night,
waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.

from “Be Thou my Vision,” traditional Irish hymn

Even now, God is giving you a new vision. What do you see?

What journey must you take to make God’s vision a reality?

Matt Andrews

Rev. Matt Andrews serves as the Associate Pastor of Youth and Missions at Liberty Crossings United Methodist Church in Vestavia Hills, AL. He is also a chaplain at UAB Medical Center and a Doctor of Ministry Candidate at Emory University. Matt has now entered his eighth year of pastoral service, having served multiple congregational, academic, and clinical settings in Alabama, California, and Texas. In 2012, he graduated from George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University in Waco, TX with his Master of Divinity. Matt is married to his best friend and love of his life, Emily, who teaches music and worship at Samford University, Matt and Emily’s alma mater. Matt resides in Homewood with Emily and their three dogs — Lily, Daisy, and O’Henry.

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