Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Read Luke 15.
The parable of the prodigal is told so frequently and with so many different twists that I doubt any of us are not familiar with it. But the question today is what was it that drove the prodigal back to his father? He got hungry. He reasoned with himself that there was food at his father's place and the servants were treated better than he was now. This sounds remarkably like Israel in the wilderness leaving Egypt. They wanted to go back because there was food there.
Too often we act totally based upon how we are feeling physically. At least in the case of the prodigal he recognizes his sin against his father and against God.
Here is an example of someone that hit what they perceived to be bottom and made a change. I used to think that when things progress to a bad enough state, that when people hit bottom that they will realize something is wrong and make a change. I have learned that this is not always the case. I believe that we all know someone that is constantly living in the pig pen, eating slop and apparently do not want to change. We all need to occasionally take a reflective look at where we are, perhaps we're just slightly above the pig sty and in a place of some comfort. But could we be in a better place? To continue doing the same things will not effect a change in our condition. If you are reading this blog, I make the assumption that you have joined SparkPeople and are making changes in your lifestyle. It is extremely important to keep track of where you are and where you have been and on a regular basis check progress. The focus of SparkPeople is primarily health and fitness but the principles can be applied to each aspect of life. Where are you today in contrast to where you were three months ago? Or a year ago? If you are not where you want to be, make some changes and start again. When you find what is working stay on that path.