One of my favorite stories is the one of The Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32 NKJV). In this story, a young man finds himself in a bad situation. He was broke and starving. This had happened partially because he had made bad life and financial decisions, and partially because he had removed himself from his support system so that no one was there to help him when he fell on hard times. His life just kept getting worse and worse. At some point, “he came to himself.” Some versions say, “He came to his senses.” When this happened, he made a decision to go home and his life turned around. Suddenly he was headed in the right direction gain, and things were looking up.
Interestingly enough, the tone of the story changes while he is still living in a pigsty. He made a decision to do the one thing he knew he could do: “I will arise and go to my father….” and then a plan began to develop which led him to brighter days.
I have found that life is a lot like that. Money comes and goes. Success is fleeting. Friends come and go. Best friends and family members may love you forever, but they don’t live forever. Sometimes hard times happen because of decisions we make, and sometimes they just happen. But no matter where we are, darkness turns into light as soon as we turn around.
How do we turn around?
Sometimes the turn-around is a major life decision involving faith, or family, or a career move. More often, however, the turnaround is a daily decision to stop one unhealthy thought process and start another one. “Come to your senses,” and stop obsessing over things you can’t control. Instead focus on doing one thing you can control.
Stop comparing yourself to photo-shopped magazine covers, and just go for a walk or eat a salad, focusing on your own health. Stop trying to get rich overnight, and focus on paying off one credit card.
Come to your senses, and say, “I will arise and go….”
Remember, it’s not about where you are right now. It’s about which direction you’re going.