Done is better than perfect.

That’s what my board of directors is fond of reminding me. I am a bit (OK, a large bit) of a perfectionist. I don’t like to even start something until I have a pretty polished end product in mind, and a detailed game plan for how to produce it. But with that mentality, I would never even begin to offer shepherding care to missionaries.

Because shepherding involves real people caring for other real people, the process will never be perfect.

I will never be perfect, and I can never expect or even hope that they will be perfect. I cannot expect to do anything that a shepherd is supposed to do perfectly.

But I can make a start. I can learn and grow and improve along the way.

It will require humility and childlike dependency upon my Shepherd – but I can make progress. And that’s kinda the way he prefers to partner with me anyway.