I’ve had the opportunity to direct several Christmas pageants over the years and one thing is for sure.  No one wants to be a sheep.  Sheep are stubborn – they stray from the flock and get in trouble – they don’t always follow the shepherd – they get dirty and they stink.  Well so much for bit parts.  I guess that’s the truth for most dramatic presentations.  No one wants to be low on the cast list.

Second to sheep in importance are the shepherds.  They spend all their time outdoors – in all kinds of inclement weather.  Whether it’s hot or rainy, they are required to stay with the flock and make sure it’s safe.  There’s no time for clowning around or having any kind of fun, because they’re constantly on the lookout for wolves and other predators.  Not only that, they’re dirty and they stink.

I think it’s really cool that the angels appeared to these lowly individuals on that first noel.  The Son of God was born in a cave reserved for animals.  He was laid in a feeding trough instead of a royal bed.  He was sung to sleep by the lowing of cattle and sheep.  Here was the King of Kings, born in deepest poverty and humility.  Here was the Son of God, who came to shepherd the world. He a became a sheep Himself to eventually be led to slaughter as the unblemished lamb necessary to remove sin.

The people were expecting another king like their ancestor, David.  They were looking for someone who would be victorious over their oppressors – one who would bring them worldly prosperity and glory.  They wanted a flashy king – not a shepherd – not a smelly sheep.

This is the way God decided to come to us.  He was born of a virgin – He lived a life of hard work, discipline, obedience and poverty – He taught the scriptures to the scholars of His childhood – He came to take our place – He proclaimed the truth of God’s message to the world – He didn’t come to be served, but to serve – He put Himself in the lowliest of positions, yet He proved His divinity when He resurrected Himself from death.

When you think about the pageantry of Christmas, the most amazing character in the story was that little baby – that humble baby boy – who loved the world in spite of her unbelief and ugliness. He became the shepherd and the sheep so we would have eternal life.  God gifted us all with the most amazing treasure ever.


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As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on Amazon.com.
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7 Responses to I DON’T WANT TO BE A SHEEP!

  1. SharaC says:

    Love this – reminds me of in A Charlie Brown Christmas how nobody wants to be a shepherd and Linus shows them it’s one of the most important roles! 🙂

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    • atimetoshare.me says:

      Good old Linus. The voice of wisdom in one so young. It was true in the best Christmas Pageant Ever as well. No one wanted to be the shepherds or the sheep and I experienced the same thing when I tried to organize a pageant – no matter how cute the costumes were.

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  2. Beautiful insight. Thank you for sharing!

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  3. I was to be an angel in our production, but at the last minute, my wee mind opted to bale, and bale I did…dad turned my wings back in and that was that …. I don’t know why I suddenly got stage fright and opted to “quit”…but I did and I never ventured to a church play again….sigh—I should have been a sheep—that was my true calling 🙂

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  4. Sheila says:

    Loved this! Even though those kids didn’t want to be sheep, they sure made cute ones!! How blessed we are that Christ didn’t come only for the “important and powerful”!

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