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There was a time I wouldn’t have.
If you were to take snapshots of the difficult seasons of my life, you would end up with a collage depicting huge failures and disappointments. The worst photo would be the one showing me alone—separated from my young, adorable children.
Every time I made destructive choices to cater to my addictive behaviors, I was choosing to sabotage important relationships and opportunities. How I wish I could relive those years. Why did I wait so long to come to my senses?
The prodigal son probably asked that same question after squandering all he had with loose living.
Luke 15:17 (NASB)
But when he came to his senses, he said, “How many of my father’s hired men have more than enough bread, but I am dying here with hunger!”
We all have them—habits or behavior we hate.
Perhaps this morning, you lied to your parents about what you and your friends are doing tonight. Now, lying seems to be something you’re doing a lot of and you fear where it may be heading.
Or maybe, those phone calls you’ve been making to someone who isn’t your spouse started out as purely business, but now you’re feeling sick about the past several months.
One bad choice turns into another one, and soon we’re entangled in sin. And then we fall for the lie that we can’t change until we’ve hit bottom. So we continue down the wrong path.
The prodigal son almost lost everything, including his reputation, relationship with his family, finances, and his self-respect. Why did he wait so long to come to his senses?
While you memorize and/or meditate on this week’s verse, ask yourself:
Where are you today, compared to where you were a year ago?
What will it take for you to come to your senses?
(To be continued.)
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