My dad has been a shepherd in my life because he teaches me many things and leads by example. Staying away from today’s pressures isn’t that difficult but on those days when you start to give in the; it makes it easier to say no if I know my dad was able to do it. He shows me the basic things every growing man should know such as fixing the little things that go wrong in the house. (i.e. plumbing and electrical things). He told me how he had a lot of freedom as a kid so he had to learn to keep himself organized and disciplined. He was always top of the class and always worked his hardest because he didn’t accept anything but perfect for himself.
In my life, I have a constant shepherd. That constant shepherd is older brother Jack. Jack and I are three years apart, but we have always been close. Whenever I needed anything, I could and can always turn to Jack. He has guided me on the right path throughout my entire life. Jack influenced me to make the biggest and best decisions of my life: attending Brother Rice High School and joining the St. John Fisher/Most Holy Redeemer Youth Ministry Program.
By the time I was in seventh grade, my brother Jack said, “Dan, you’re going to Brother Rice, and you’re going to love it.” Besides Jack, I have another older brother, Ned, who also attended Brother Rice. Jack has always been my hero. In my eyes, God blessed with me the perfect older brother. Jack inadvertently and advertently forced me to go to Brother Rice High School. If I had gone to any other high school, my life would be so much different, and not as great as it is. Jack was a great shepherd to me once I got my foot in the door at Rice. At the beginning of my freshman year, he advised me to join Edmund Rice Camp, which I got around too in sophomore year, and told me to go on Kairos when I was a junior. Kairos is the and always will be the best and greatest thing I did during my time here at Brother Rice. I followed both my brothers in going on Kairos as a junior, and then leading the retreat as a senior. If Jack had not shepherded me towards Brother Rice, I would not be the person I am today by a long shot.
Another way that Jack shepherded me in a positive me was forcing me to join the St. John Fisher/Most Holy Redeemer Youth Ministry Program. It started with him coming home from school one day while I was at the tail end of eighth grade, “Dan, you’re coming to youth ministry with me tonight.” And, so began the best thing that I have going in my life today. Because of Jack, I joined the SJF/MHR Youth Ministry Program. That decision is tied for the best decision I have made, besides going to Brother Rice. Through Youth Ministry, I have met my best friends and a lot of my angels who make my life a lot better. The biggest angel I met through youth ministry is the youth minister, Kim Madonia. Kim is the sweetest, most compassionate, and most caring person anyone will ever meet. She also has the strongest faith of just about anyone I know. She has guided me through my darkest times. Jack was right there with her. I met my best friends through youth ministry, and I have Jack to thank for it.
Everyone wishes they had a cool older brother. My wish came true in the form of Jack. Jack has been and always will be there for me. He has guided me through life, and will continue too. Without Jack, I may have not made the best decisions of my life. I thank God everyday that he gave me my shepherd, Jack.
My brother Chris has been a shepherd to me because he has guided me in all aspects of my life, whether it be academics, athletics or just teaching me to be a good person. I always go to him for help whenever I find myself stuck or indecisive, and he never fails to help me out or give me great advice. For example, going into my junior year of football, I was hoping to gain muscle for the season, and he, having experience with nutrition and exercise, guided me through workouts and diet plans so that I could maximize my results. I also occasionally call or skype him during the school week when I come across any confusing mathematical or scientific concepts or problems while studying or doing homework, and he is usually able to make these concepts clearer or help me solve the problem.
My younger brother Nate has been a shepherd in my life. He has taught me many different ways of looking at things, often seeing them from an outside perspective. he has also taught me the virtue of patience. Obviously he takes a lot longer to do things, but he rarely gets frustrated and realizes the right thing to do is to keep calm. His kindness and never ending joy he offers make me a happier person.
One person who has been a shepherd in my life is my grandfather. I have always been around him and he has helped guide me through some pretty tough times. One example was when my grandmother died. He showed me how to be strong and get passed the hardships. At first, I was sad all of the time and didn’t want to do anything. My grandfather guided me by talking about memories we had of her and having all of our family over to share our time together. Having someone to shepherd me through the rough times in my life has helped tremendously.