LEAVE NO MAN BEHIND

Mark OglesbyBY: Sir Mark Nicolas Oglesby I

E-MAIL ADDRESS: onemarkonly@me.com

BIBLE TEXT:    Luke 15: 4-7 – Suppose one of you had a hundred sheep and lost one. Wouldn’t you leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the lost one until you found it? When found, you can be sure you would put it across your shoulders, rejoicing, and when you got home call in your friends and neighbors, saying, “Celebrate with me! I’ve found my lost sheep!” Count on it – there’s more joy in heaven over one sinner’s rescued life than over ninety-nine good people in no need of rescue.

PERSONAL REFLECTION:   I love the message here. Sometimes we are the shepherd and sometimes we are the sheep. There is a beauty here that as a father I can understand. There is nothing on earth that would stop me from finding my lost child. I’ve certainly been the child that has ran off, knowing better than the very one charged with protecting me. And yet, I ended up lost, hungry, tired and broken in spirit. We’ve all been there. Regardless of how our guardians here on earth have handled us, God will always go after us. Every. Single. Time. You’d think it would be exhausting.

That is exactly how we should approach the lost, hungry, tired, and broken people we share this rock with. But yet so many times we do not. We can be a terribly judgmental and selfish lot. But that is not how we are to act according to this message. We are to go specifically after those people. Every. Single. Time. Not giving up on them, believing in them even when they have lost the belief, caring for them when it appears they don’t care for themselves. Those 99 sheep were put at risk when the shepherd left the flock for the 1. Everyone was at risk. The flock could have wandered off, wolves could have killed the flock, the shepherd could have gotten hurt in pursuit, but in the end the flock was reunited and the group was made even stronger. Because it was LOVE PUT TO ACTION.

PRAYER:  Lord, teach me to be an example to others of your grace, love and mercy. May I hear your voice and act on your word. I pray that I make you proud today.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:   

Mark has been married to the love of his life, Nadine, for 13 blissful years. Together they have produced Mercer, their first male offspring and heir to the throne. In 1979 Mark was hand crafted in a bio lab 15 miles outside Kansas City, MO (Go Royals!). He moved to northeast Tennessee in 1999 and migrated to Nashville in 2001, where he met previously stated love of his life. They now proudly call Mt. Juliet home, but do have an understanding the Royals are the family team.

Since 2002 the music industry has been kind to Mark, where he serves in the management roll to artists and bands. When not shackled to his phone or computer, he runs to stay fit and enjoys the occasional pickup game of basketball or Christian Mixed Martial Arts bare knuckle fighting. He has never been involved in a crime ring but does see the intrigue.

The driving force in everything that Mark does is love for fellow man. A real sucker for the underdog, he not only enjoys but also finds it his obligation to help, educate, and support those in need. If there is blood pumping in his veins and oxygen in his lungs, he’s going to fight until he can fight no longer. Most would call him stubborn, impatient, and obnoxious. At time of print he cannot support or deny these claims. He learned unbiased compassion from his mother and dedication to principle from his father.

Mark only speaks in third person.

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