Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds. Proverb 27:23 – New International Version
Know the state of your flocks, and put your heart into caring for your herds. Proverbs 27:23 – New Living Translation
Know well the condition of your flocks and give attention to your herds. Proverbs 27:23 – English Standard Version
Know well the condition of your flocks, And pay attention to your herds. Proverbs 27:23 New American Standard Bible
Could it be what some would call ordinary, might actually be radical? According to Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary the definition of radical is departure from the usual and traditional, tending or disposed to make extreme changes in existing views, habits, conditions, or institutions.
I remember a time when a person’s word was as binding as a contract, marriage vows were honored, children were taught respect, people showed kindness, and were courteous. Oh, yes, there were some exceptions, but for the most part these things were true.
A friend gave me the verse above several years ago. At a time when things were very busy and I could have easily lost focus on my flock. I used to keep it on my refrigerator as a reminder to always know the condition of my flock (husband and children). It is no longer posted on my refrigerator, because it is written upon my heart and mind. My family is the most important ministry, that the Lord has given me. Therefore, it is my responsibility to know the condition of my flock.
However, our world has changed so much, since I was a child, that what once was ordinary–honoring commitments, looking out for others, and taking care of your families–seems to have been lost somewhere down the line. Therefore, it got me thinking that when you practice what was once ordinary, you are actually practicing the radical.
When you choose to take a moment at the grocery and hold the door for the person behind you.
When you choose to cook a meal at home rather than hitting the drive through.
When you get up with a sick children, half a dozen times during the night.
When you choose to…Train up a child in the way he should go. And when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6
When you honor your marriage vows. So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no man separate. Matthew 19:6
When you write a hand written note of encouragement.
When you careful, provide, and lead your family.
When you read bedtime stories.
When you eat dinner as a family.
When you help someone in need.
When you help your children with schoolwork.
When you encourage your spouse. Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11
When you spend time as a family. “Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 22:37-40
Be radical, practice the ordinary.
Count blessings, Kasey