It is funny how the passing of time reveals to us the mysteries concealed in certain words. As a little boy I was introduced to the prodigal son and told not to be like him. I was instructed not to walk like him, talk like him and certainly not to live my life the way he did. For the “non-initiated”, the story of the prodigal son is a parable told by Jesus Christ and documented in the Bible (Luke 15:11).
For many years, I wanted to be like the other son. He didn’t take his father’s possession and waste it off on prostitutes, gamblers and “riotous living”. For many years, I couldn’t understand why when the prodigal son returned from lavishing his father’s hard earned possession, his father celebrated his return and the other son had to watch.
I learnt 4 lessons from the prodigal son and I have found them consistent through the years.
- Spectators are never rewarded
- You cannot achieve what you are not willing to pursue
- It pays to look back once in a while
- Regardless of how far away you go, God still loves you.
I won’t over flog the issue.
You need to get involved in creating the future you want for yourself. Be willing to GO for what you want from life. Once in a while look back at where you are coming from and finally never forget the place of God in all you do.
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