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Coming To Our Senses

"But when he came to his senses, he said, 'How many of my father's hired men have food to spare, and I am here starving to death! I will set out and go back to my father...'" (Lk.15:17-18).

The famous parable of the Prodigal Son is a heart-warming story about a young man who made some bad decisions, but also made a comeback. We all love comebacks...I won't go into the details of the parable except for the verses I have picked out today. To me, what is so telling about the parable involves the reality check... You and I can have these moments of clarity too. It is extremely difficult to do what is right if we don't see the truth about ourselves. There are times when all of us have allowed a bad decision affect our course of action, and that course may take us down a path we shouldn't be on. That's exactly what the Prodigal Son did... The part of today's verse that I underlined is a moment of clarity... A reality check... In sports, its often called a "gut-check." The young man changed his course of action for the better when his thinking about himself changed. It changed because he looked at who he really was. I believe that this sounds familiar to us because it has happened in our lives. "But when he came to his senses...." That coming to his senses represented a truthful look at himself, and that look led to actions that were more beneficial. A more beneficial life is contingent upon looking at ourselves to see our value, and then to live accordingly. When we downgrade ourselves in our own thinking, we will live in a way that is consistent with that thinking. Lets have more moments of clarity and reality checks, so that we will live the life that the Lord wants us to. Its all about coming to our senses...

Have a wonderful day... Do good and give God the credit... Love mark Phil.4:11

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