“I tell you the truth, the man who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. The man who enters by the gate is the shepherd of his sheep. The watchman opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” (John 10:1–5, NIV 1984).
My Musings – We all have people in our lives who look to us for guidance and consultation. Are the things we say and do worth following? If not, “maybe being a [spiritual] guide wasn’t such a good idea after all.”
My Advice – Don’t live in regret of all the people you’ve led astray over the years. Be someone whose “voice” is known to be worth listening to and following.