“Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever
is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy— think about such things.”
Jesus told a story: There was a man who had two sons. One day the younger son asked his father for the money that would be his when his father died. The father did what his son asked and divided all he had between his sons. Not long after this, the younger son took all his money and left home. The son went to another country. He wasted his money in wild living. Finally, his money was all gone. There was a famine in the land, and it was hard to find food. He became so hungry that he got a job feeding pigs. He was so hungry he was tempted to eat the pigs’ food, but no one gave him anything.
One day the son began to remember that his father had hired men who had more food than they could eat, and here he was starving. The son decided to go back home and ask his father to hire him so he wouldn’t starve. He would have been grateful just to serve his father.
The son left the pigs and headed for home. The son’s father saw him coming a long way off. His father ran to meet his son. He hugged and kissed his son. The father would not let his son be a hired hand. He gave him a new robe, a ring for his finger,and sandals for his feet. Then he had a feast prepared. His son had been lost to him and now he was found. They began to celebrate his return.
“Dear Lord, just as the Prodigal Son went to his father for forgiveness, I need to go to You Father and ask Your forgiveness for my sins. Help me to use the money wisely and learn to appreciate what God has blessed me. Thank You God for your kindness. I pray, amen.”