The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters,
– Psalm 23:1-2 (NIV)
by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org
The imagery of God’s leadership contains green pastures and quiet waters. Even if those pastures are located in the shadow of the valley of death, true leadership can give peace even in overwhelming circumstances.
It is the job of the shepherd to encourage – or instill courage – into the sheep to go down paths that seem treacherous.
Unlike the cattle driver, the shepherd leads from the front, going before his flock to assure them that they can make it. This is the type of leadership that inspires people and even empowers them to go places they would not go to on their own