Have you ever known someone who has tremendous unlocked potential? Or maybe someone who was given a gazillion opportunities and incredible access to resources, only to discover that they did not take full advantage of what was available to them?
If you are a parent or grandparent, you probably see this on a regular basis in varying degrees. How does it feel when you see your child or grandchild squander their talent? Frustrating, huh?
We are all familiar with the parable of the Prodigal Son. He squandered the resources that were given to him, but eventually came to his senses, and his father lovingly embraced him when he returned home.
For most of us, it’s easy to see the error in the Prodigal Son’s ways. However, if we bring the moral of the story a little closer to home, there may be an opportunity for deeper reflection.
Jeremiah 29:13 says, “‘You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.”
When we seek the Lord with our whole heart, we will find him. Unfortunately, if there are parts of our life that we compartmentalize and try to take care of on our own and within our own strength or ability, we are not maximizing our resources.
Let’s break this down further.
Let’s say you pray, read Scripture and seek the Lord about your job, family and finances. Seems pretty straightforward, right? Those are definitely some major categories of life. However, what if the Lord is calling you to allow Him access to your health decisions, your mindset or attitude, or maybe your friendships?
When we limit or tightly define our relationship with the Lord, we are squandering an incredible opportunity to truly experience Him in all His goodness and glory. It’s like we are leaving blessings on the table.
Like the Prodigal Son, we could be squandering our inheritance, our access to the Lord.
Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
He has a plan for us. Those plans include peace and hope if we seek Him with our whole heart.
What blessings could you be leaving on the table?