Jesus showed patience and love to all who came to Him seeking relief for their physical, emotional, or spiritual illnesses and who felt discouraged and downtrodden. To follow the Savior’s example, each one of us must be shepherds. We must look around and reach out to the sheep who are facing the same circumstances and lift them up and encourage them to proceed on this journey we call life, and look towards eternal life.
This need today is as great as or perhaps even greater than when the Savior walked the earth. As shepherds we must understand that we should nurture each one of His sheep to bring them back to Christ.
What better time of year, than the Christmas season, to be shepherds, and to show those around you, through example, your love for the Savior. Savor the true meaning of Christmas by watching out for each other, by serving one another. Robert L. Backman said:
"Those we serve, we love. We discover that loving someone else deeply is one of the most joyous feelings we can know, and we begin to understand the bounteous love our Father in Heaven has for us."
So welcome, December! There will be twice as many opportunities to do things for each other, and with all of the joy of the Christmas season, four times as many opportunities to relish the love! Today, let me resolve to be a "good shepherd", to look for the one that might need a helping hand or a kind word. Let me not get tired or crabby. Let me instead, treasure, with delight, this season of love.