Thursday, January 3

Resolve and Wisdom: My Resolution for a Solution

      As you may have guessed from my dismal amount of posts throughout the entirety of 2012, I have an issue with resolve. I sometimes have this wonderful knack of starting things and then never going back to finish them with the zeal that I began with. Sure! I wanted to blow this blog out of the water and write twice a week! I thought it would be a great way to bring about further study of God's word and help me to reach out to other people in a way I never saw myself doing. But when the crunch time came (between studying for school, extracurriculars, the "need" for a flourishing social life consumed by television and reading, and many other excuses that I'm sure you all can identify with), my resolve went right out of the window. You can imagine my difficulty trying to explain my resolution this year to others without sounding a little strange. A resolution to have more resolve. But luckily, I still have a chance to work on things, and that's exactly what I wanted to talk about on my first post back.

You see, my New Year's Resolution at first wasn't even that but rather my choice to work harder on things I have set out to do. Say what you will, but I realized just how much God does for me. A few weeks ago, I was with my boyfriend in Covington, TN while he was teaching Bible class at a small congregation there. I was rewriting his sermon outline for him while he drove us out there. I saw that the topic was all about the prodigal son. Boy, did my brain start to race with ideas! I read Luke 15: 11-32 out loud to him so that he could be sure of his points, but in my mind I wasn't focused on his sermon idea any more. I started to think of how this parable would apply to me. I saw exactly how I could become the prodigal son so easily, just maybe not in the way you would expect.

So, prodigal son. What does that term make you think of? For most, it's the one who chose to leave his home to go away only to learn that he had  it better at home. And rightly so, because that is one of the points you should take away from this parable. How much better it is to be in fellowship with our God than in the throws of the wicked! But, when I gave this parable another look, I felt some sympathy with the son who left. Just look at what he does. It is not a crime to be the younger of the two sons, even though this may mean that he has less knowledge. Don't get me wrong. A Christian or really just any person can learn throughout their entire lives. We can't hold that against him. And we also know that, following the analogy, there is nothing wrong with asking God to bless us just as the son asked for his goods that fell to him. There's nothing inheirantly wrong with that request. And if we still keep with it even though this is a little bit different way to view it, we are told by God to go into the world and to teach but not become of the world (Matthew 28:19-20, Romans 12:2). So his journey, by looking at it this way, isnt' even the problem.

All of the things he did before this can be condemning things if we let them be, but I believe the true thing that the prodigal son did, something that we all (even me) can be accused of, and the whole reason why I thought to start this blog in the first place is explained in verse 13 of Luke chapter 15:
 "And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living," -emphasis added.

How often do we find ourselves doing things that we should just find so POINTLESS? Do I really need to watch a whole marathon of a television show if I could be better using that time to do something to give glory to God? Could I instead be visiting someone or even simply doing something nice for my family? I started this blog in 2011 because I felt so affected by one single verse of God's word and was moved to act, but since then, I have wasted my substance with riotous living. God has still been blessing me all this time, but I know that there have been so many opportunities where I could have done more for God and have decided to instead waste my life on this earth!

Now, I know you might be thinking, "Whitney, we can't always be doing something. We need to sleep, eat, relax, etc." To that I say, yes, you do! Always make sure to take care of yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally. But I endeavor to use this blog to be a part of my life that I know wasn't a waste. And one day, I just work to hear wonderful words from my Judge rather than getting to that fateful day knowing that I could have, even for an instant, done a little more. Remember, and maybe even say this as a prayer when you end your reading session here:

Psa 90:12
"So teach us [me] to number our [my] days, that we [I] may apply our [my] heart(s) unto wisdom."

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