Know Your Flock
The father was shocked when his 18-year-old daughter ran away from home. When he called me for counsel I asked him if he thought he knew his daughter. After a moment he said: “Well, I’ve had eighteen years with her. I guess I know her.” I then asked him four or five questions on matters that would be important to his daughter, and he could not answer any of them. He then began to realize that he didn’t know his daughter as well as he thought he did.
When I talked to the daughter, she affirmed: “My father doesn’t really know me. He rarely talks to me and doesn’t show interest in my life or what I am thinking.” This is certainly contrary to the statement Jesus made about His own shepherding: “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them . . .” (John 10:27).
“Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds” (Proverbs 27:23).