Luke 15:13 It wasn’t long before the younger son packed his bags and left for a distant country. There, undisciplined and dissipated, he wasted everything he had. (The Message Bible)
This is the story of the prodigal son. Do you know what prodigal means? The online dictionary has: characterized by profuse or wasteful expenditure. This is the professional athlete who has multimillion dollar contracts while he is playing but somehow ends up broke after his career is over, or the lottery winner who dies penniless (I’m told it really does happen). While the rest of us are trying to figure out how to make ends meet they are buying rounds for the house and everyone is drinking the good stuff. When it’s gone, it’s gone and they’ve wasted a fortune. But money isn’t the only thing that can be wasted. Some folks waste their opportunity at education by partying away their college days. Some waste relationships with parents or siblings or the loves and friends of earlier days. The bible teaches that everyone wastes the chance to be the person God created them to be: “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). You are precious. Your life is invaluable. When you look back on these days down the road will you be thinking, “What a waste!” Or will you be thinking, “Thank you God for the gift of these days with you.” What might you do this week to make it the latter?