Over and over again this thought has come to my mind in the last month. I will pray and ask God, “Is there anything you would have me do or know?” And inevitably the answer comes “Feed My Sheep”. So of course it has been at the forefront of my mind, wondering exactly how he wants me to “Feed his Sheep”. And then I walked into church on Sunday and wouldn’t you know it, there were little sheep everywhere, lol. Not real sheep of course, but the decorations that we had for our special Mother’s Day lesson was entitled, you guessed it, “Feed my Sheep”. Super cute too! You know how those mormon women like to decorate for everything, haha!
Anyway, that made me think that I am certainly not the only one that is feeling that prodding and poking to share the word of God with others. I suppose that is what all of this means. That He wants us to share his word with all that we come into contact with. So how do we do that?
Certainly much of what we do is by example. Matthew 8:14-16 reads:
14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.
15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
If we are to look at our children or children that we come into contact with through various means, how do they learn? How do they grow? It is by watching those who have gone before them. Learning their way from those who have already learned. That is why we grow up in a family unit, go to school, or to church, or are drawn to others. It is because of that urgency to learn more, to grow, to experience life. We can not learn all things all at once. we teach the way our Father taught us, it is ... line upon line, precept upon precept. Here a little and there a little. Isaiah 28: 10 .
And again we read in 2 Nephi 28:30 For behold, thus saith the Lord God: I will give unto the children of men line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little;
This is how God wants us to teach and this is how God wants us to learn.
Another way that we “Feed his Sheep” is through love. President Thomas S. Monson taught “As we arise each morning, let us determine to respond with love and kindness to whatever might come our way.”
When a lawyer asked Jesus which of the commandments was the greatest, He could have chosen any of the many commandments from the Old Testament, from the law of Moses, or from the Ten Commandments. Instead, He summarized all of the commandments in these two:
“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. “This is the first and great commandment. “And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself” Matthew 22:37–39).
I remember a time when I had a newborn son in the NICU. It was grueling days at the hospital, hoping to see signs of improvement. I had 3 other children that had to be cared for at home. But all I wanted to do was be with my newborn son and comfort and love on him. I wanted him to come home with me. Every day I would plead with the Lord to make my son whole so that I could bring him home. He only spent 12 days there, but that gave me a whole new appreciation for those that spend weeks and months there. It is not an easy feat by any means. However, I was shown so much love through that experience.
I will never forget those who took my children so I could be at the hospital, or the many meals that were brought in so I didn’t have to worry about dinner. Or the church members that came to the rescue and gave priesthood blessings when it didn’t look like he was going to make it. But one of the acts of kindness and love, I remember the most was probably one of the smallest, but it meant so much to me.
One of my neighbors brought an Easter Lily and left it on my porch. It was not in bloom yet… maybe just one or two were blooming. But she had left the kindest note and mentioned that maybe each day when I got home another bloom would be out, reminding me that it is the small steps that my son was making each day that would get him home. She said, “by the time these Easter Lilies are in full bloom, maybe he will get to come home.” It meant so much to me that she put some thought into something so small, but that would come to mean so much to me over the years. He did come home (he’s 22 now!) and the Easter Lilies were in full bloom and it was glorious. The smell of them always reminds me of that time in my life when I thought my world was spinning out of control. But it was one of his faithful servants just … responding with love and kindness to whatever came her way. To this day, I still LOVE Easter Lilies!
These are not the only ways, for there are many, many ways that we can love, serve, and teach others. But know that the smallest act of love are a symbol of the love that we have for God. John 21:15-17
15 ¶ So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.
16 He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
17 He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
Remember that most of the ways that we “Feed his Sheep” are by the small and seemingly insignificant acts, like the Easter Lily, that help someone feel loved, cared for and appreciated. I hope that today you will find a way to… respond with love and kindness to whatever comes your way.