The Prodigal Son
We all know the biblical parable of the Prodigal Son (if you don’t click here).
Long story really short: Two sons are given their inheritance before the father dies. One son does the ‘right’ thing and works for his father, the other son squanders his lot and comes crawling back to the father. The father takes him in as if nothing has happened and celebrates (much to the discontent of the other brother who feels it isn’t fair).
Well, is that fair?
I think so…
God’s Gift of Freewill
This is a great analogy for God. I don’t think God’s going to punish anybody for taking a detour on the path, or even if you completely stray off this path.
“I don’t think God is going to kick anyone’s butt in heaven for missed opportunity or bad behaviour.”
God gives all of us many gifts, whether they be in the form of talents, love or friendships, etc. What we do with them is up to us but I don’t think He is going to be upset if we don’t use them.
I don’t think God is going to kick anyone’s butt in heaven for missed opportunity or bad behaviour. God gave us freewill and this is the one gift we do use whether it is deemed ‘good’ or ‘bad’.
“Our choice is our gift to ourselves, we bring to our own table that which we experience. ”
We have this blessed gift of choice. We will be our own judges and our misgivings will be our remorses. God is that parent who does not judge, only accepts what is.
Please read my blog Does God Love Us Unconditionally? HERE
Our choice is our gift to ourselves, we bring to our own table that which we experience.
Nobody can tell you what to do but you can take advice.
My advice is this: Take responsibility for your life. If you feel you are in alignment with your integrity then that is great! Whether someone else is not in alignment and you notice this, it is none of your business unless you are asked by that person for help.
You should not judge them for the path they are taking. You don’t know where that path may inevitably lead them. That is why you should not interfere. If you are asked for assistance by them, then that soul has made a choice. That is why you may help when you are asked to help.
In taking responsibility for your life, as in the honourable son from the Prodigal Son parable, you are not being a burden on anyone else. This feels like the noble thing to do, doesn’t it?
“We need to stop comparing ourselves to others and focus purely on how harmonized we are with our purpose.”
It doesn’t really matter if your sibling is doing the opposite to you in their life and your parent still welcomes them back with open arms. The father in this parable was right and his son should have rather rejoiced to have his brother back instead of feeling hard done by because all his efforts weren’t rewarded. I think his reward far outweighs the ‘lost’ son in that he got to spend more valuable time with his father. The other brother may regret this for the rest of his life.
We need to stop comparing ourselves to others and focus purely on how harmonized we are with our purpose. Replace judgment with compassion and understanding.
Have you ever felt resentment? Are you still feeling that way? Can you perhaps choose to see things differently now?
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