Wednesday, August 12, 2015

What Will It Take?

Photo by Maria Elena (Flickr)
If the previous year of your life were to be featured in a magazine article, would you send copies to your family? Would you invite your friends on Facebook to read it?

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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  1. You know Sheryl, I can tell I am getting better when I compare myself to the years before, but I am also aware of how very far I have to go to be where I desire to be spiritually. Thank God He is changing me, but in answer to your question: "If the previous year of your life were to be featured in a magazine article, would you send copies to your family?" I would have to say no. Maybe it is just because I am so aware of my mistakes and poor choices at times such as getting angry when I shouldn't be angry or not being loving when I should be loving, and certainly all the times I have been unkind and I should have been kind and gentle. but I have to put these things in God's hand and know that the Potter is continuing to mold me in His image. I think I am getting much better at looking to Him and surrendering to His remaking me into His image. I have to trust Him because He knows what I need to bring me to that place of holiness. I am more convinced then ever that we need to encourage one another and lift one another up as well as confront each other in love, as the body of Christ, we are all in this together.

    1. Barbara, I'm shocked, just shocked that you're not perfect! ;)
      But seriously, I hope this post doesn't sound judgmental or condemning. If it does, then PLEASE know that wasn't my intent.
      Certainly, if every unloving response I've made were posted for all to read, I'd be hiding under my bed in shame. You're right, God knows us well. He knows we desire to do better and will help us if we're sincere in wanting to change.
      And yes, I agree, we must pray for and encourage one another!
      Thank you, Barbara, for reading the post and sharing your heart.

    2. No, your post did not sound judgmental in the least. I promise. It is just that my life is still not something I would advertise to others. Maybe next year. ;)

    3. I totally get it! Your transparent heart is refreshing, Barbara.


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