"And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night." Luke 2:8
Yesterday was an icy day here in PA. We slid our way to church in the morning. Not too many other people attempted the roads, so services were pretty slim.
But as our Pastor gave the morning message, he pointed out something that I have overlooked in scripture up until now. The passage above doesn't just say that the shepherds were out in the field for the night, but that they were living in the fields. That caused me to pause and think.
How many of us just go through life just going through the motions? We get up, go through our daily routine, only to get up and do it again over and over and over... When was the last time that you paused and truly made a point of living? Not just stuck in the same routine, but truly seeking out what God has for you to do in this life. I encourage you as we draw closer to Christmas, to examine your life closely. Pray and ask God where He would like you to make changes. How can you truly live, verses just surviving each day?