FRIDAY, AUGUST 16
“When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, ‘At home even the hired servants have food enough to spare, and here I am dying of hunger!’”
Luke 15:17 (NLT)
COMING HOME: COME TO YOUR SENSES
Lou Gehrig, former New York Yankees great, once found himself in a pressure-filled moment during a game. Gehrig came to bat in the ninth inning with the winning runs on second and third. He ran the count full to three balls and two strikes. All that he needed to do was get a base hit and the game would be won. The pitcher wound up and hurled a heater of a strike across the plate. Lou Gehrig did not even take a swing at the pitch. The ump yelled, “Strike three” Very slowly, Lou turned to the umpire and said something to him. At this the home crowd of Yankee fans went wild because Lou never argued with the umpire.
The sportswriters all piled over their seats and went straight to the field to find out what Lou had said. They asked the ump what had been said because whatever it was would certainly make the headlines the next morning. The umpire smiled and turned to Lou and told him to tell them what he had said. He looked a little startled as he answered, “I said, ‘Mr. Ump, I would give ten dollars to have that one back.”
A New York sportswriter was so impressed with this that he added to his column that day: There are people all over the world who would give ten dollars or ten thousand dollars to get just one minute back and for the privilege of changing something they said or did in that minute. (Adapted from Ray Angell, Baskets of Silver, pp. 35-36)
The prodigal son “came to his senses” and finally got to a place where he would give anything to be back in his father’s house. It’s been said, “the prodigal’s wallet was empty and so was his heart.” He was “hungry.” Not just hungry physically, but hungry emotionally and spiritually. And we often don’t “come to our senses” until we get to that place of being hungry for change. Are you hungry?
On Sunday, Pastor Mike give us three principles for coming to our senses: 1) Look around – Is God trying to get my attention. 2) Look in – Is what I’m doing working? 3) Look up – God still loves me. Which of those three principles does God want you to remember today? If you have wandered from home spiritually, come home today. Tell God you’re hungry and ask Him what He wants you to do next.