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Follow the Shepherd’s Example
The parents had exercised great caution, but they had not anticipated this particular danger. Their daughter wanted to go to music school, so the parents visited the school, interviewed the teachers, and felt that it would be a safe place to send their daughter. However, what they did not realize was that her piano instructor had the personal goal of capturing this young lady’s heart for his own wicked purposes.
After only six months at the school, the daughter called her parents and informed them that she would not be returning home. She had decided to stay with the piano teacher. Rather than grieving and surrendering their daughter, this couple swung into action and took every step necessary to get their daughter away from this teacher. Later, as I heard the whole story from this young lady, she expressed great appreciation for the fact that her parents had not given up on her. Those parents had the mindset of a good shepherd, not a hireling. (See John 10:12–14.)
Jesus said: “I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep” (John 10:11).