Be sure you know the condition of your flocks,
give careful attention to your herds;
for riches do not endure forever,
and a crown is not secure for all generations.
When the hay is removed and new growth appears
and the grass from the hills is gathered in,
the lambs will provide you with clothing,
and the goats with the price of a field.
You will have plenty of goats’ milk to feed your family
and to nourish your female servants.
(Prov 27:23-27 NIV)
I have never paid any attention to the above verses, but somehow it spoke to me the other day as I was reading them.
A “shepherd” is like a leader of an organization and his “flocks” are the team members that are working under him.
The success of the leader is directly tied to the performance of his team members. If they performed, then all is well and dandy (*the lambs will provide you with clothing/ You will have plenty of goats’ milk to feed your family*). But if they fall below the mark, then the outlook can get a bit pessimistic for him (*riches do not endure forever/ a crown is not secure for all generations*).
So what is a good leader or “shepherd” to do?
The answer is in the first 2 verses: “Be sure you know the condition of your flocks,and
give careful attention to your herds;” … basically knowing and caring for your “sheeps” and “goats” instead of exploiting them for your own benefits. The irony is that once you can take care of them, they will in turn take good care of you.
Are we able to do that?