“Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in reckless living. And when he had spent everything, a severe famine arose in that country, and he began to be in need.”
Greetings Coaches and Leaders!
Recently, I read a story of a young promising athlete who had a bright future. He was a “cant miss” blue chip prospect. There was nothing this player couldn’t do on the field of competition. As he neared his junior year in high school, receiving accolades on social media, press clippings, etc. and getting non-stop attention from college recruiters, something happened in the life of this young athlete.
He began hanging out with the wrong influences in his life. He began listening to the wrong voices. Pride began to consume his life. The voices he was listening to were not speaking wisdom in his life. His “friends” introduced him to a lifestyle of drugs and alcohol, which started a downward spiral in his life.
His lifestyle impacted his family drastically. His home life with his parents and siblings was in constant turmoil. He was out of control. Living life in the “far country” finally caught up with him. The consequences were getting ready to be paid in full.
Sadly, this promising young athlete was sentenced to five years in prison. He had broken the hearts of his parents, coaches, teachers and extended family members. Worst of all, he had broken the heart of God, who created him with such tremendous athletic ability.
I have reminded my son his entire life, and I remind young adults today that I come in contact with on a regular basis: “The friends you chose to surround yourself with will determine the quality and direction of your life.” As the Proverb says, “Bad company corrupts good character.”
Chose your friends and acquaintances wisely. Statistics verify that you will become like the five closest friends in your life. “Reckless Living” = “Far Country” = “A Life of Famine.” You can count on it! Don’t believe me? Just read the full story in Luke 15 of the prodigal son.
This young man’s life is in pitiful condition today because he made the wrong choices in life. He chose not to follow the Master’s design for his life. Instead of basing his life on God’s Word, he chose to base his decisions according to the influences of the world and the toxic relationships he listened to. You will listen to voices as you go through life, just make sure they are the right voices.
I am always reminded: Jesus chose to hang out and do life with sinners. However, the difference is He influenced them – they never influence Him.
The choices you make today will impact your life tomorrow. Chose wisely!
Have a great week!
Be Worth Being,
Kevin Burrell has worked in professional baseball as both a player and MLB scout for the past 37 years, and currently serves on staff with the Chicago White Sox as an area scouting supervisor. Kevin was drafted in the 1st round of the 1981 free agent amateur draft (25th selection overall) by the Boston Red Sox, and played ten years of professional baseball with four different organizations. He and his wife, Valerie, live in Sharpsburg, Ga. with their two children.
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