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In Luke 15 ,we have all heard of the familiar parable of the prodigal son. One character we don’t hear enough about is the awesome father. His young son blows all his inheritance, gives his dad the “I am outta here” and takes a voyage into his pleasures. The father in this parable represents our Heavenly Father. He portrays the patience and forgiveness that our Heavenly Father wants us to rejoice in. In fact, he is waiting and looking for the young son to return one day. When he does come home, the Bible tells us that he runs toward his son and gives him a kiss. How indecent of a father to run toward his own kid and then give him a sloppy wet kiss on the cheek. But that’s the heart and emotion of a dad who is beyond thrilled to see his son return! The Father was “filled with love and compassion” when he saw his son. In my humanness, I would not have been filled with any of those emotions. My words would have been, “its about time and I told you so.” But not God, that’s not how he rolls. My prayer is that WE would be “filled with Love and Compassion that would lead us to Action“. Our hearts would overflow so much that we can’t help….but do something. Take some action for God. After all, look at the action that he took out of his love. He sent Jesus to die for us on the cross. That’s a “love and compassion” that led to some serious action. Action that we can be thankful for every breathing moment of our lives.
We had our first Outreach Movie Night tonight at Broken Arrow Church of the Nazarene. We showed the movie “Up” and it was a success. Free Popcorn, good fellowship and of course, a good movie. Our family took a van down to the Indian Springs Apartments complex tonight and picked up some kids. We picked up 3 brothers and another 10 year old boy named Conner. Conner waited for us for 30 minutes before we showed up. He was really excited to come with us. We were all blessed to be able to serve these kids. It reminds me that we are look outside of ourselves and to try to be a blessing to someone else. Its when we take our focus off of ourselves and put them on others, that we truly find joy. What a great reminder, thank you Lord!
This is my awesome family!