You’d better watch out……..

While listening to a Christmas song early Saturday morning as we drove to number two daughter’s college graduation, this post formed.  As far back as the beginning, music has been a delivery system for messages. (Think the book of Psalms).  This particular morning this song spoke a message to me, but maybe not in the usual way.

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town was written in the early 1930’s during what I think we all will agree was a simpler time.  The song of course promised serious consequences for not ‘watching out’ referring to Santa watching and making notes of our behavior during the year.  I’m sure many parents used the song in an attempt to encourage goodness in their children.  I suspect that encouragement may still be happening almost ninety years later.

As I thought about the simple message contained in the lyrics, it occurred to me that we need to apply the same logic to our daily lives.

We tell our children to watch out for Santa, but do we tell them to watch out for the evils in this world?  I suspect in most cases the answer is no.  We don’t want to scare our kids, make them paranoid, give them a complex, or maybe we struggle to accept that evil walks among us.

At least 64 times in the Bible there is a reference to being watchful.  The act of being watchful is used to describe many types of situations where awareness is warranted and with consequences we may not like.

The single verse that screams at me that we must be careful, aware and alert is this one.

1 Peter 5:8 (ESV)

Be sober-minded; be watchful.  Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

I don’t know about you, but that verse makes me sit up and take notice The powerful imagery of a roaring lion wanting to eat me assures me beyond a shadow of a doubt that evil walks daily with us and that I need to be watchful.

Are you watchful?  Do you teach your children the importance of being watchful? Do you help them become prepared for dangerous situations or emergencies?  A prepared individual is one who can walk in boldness because they have a plan.

Proverbs 22:3 (ESV) gives us some plain instruction and a consequence for ignoring danger.

The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it.

Being aware of danger, having a plan to deal with danger, and making sure our flock is prepared is the absolute job of a Shepherdess.  Hopefully you will agree that ‘watching out’ is a good thing, and not just for Santa.

Tend your flock well Shepherdess.


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