Ever heard the story of the prodigal son? It’s been on my mind for some time now.
The parable goes like this: a man has 2 sons. He has divided his estate into 2 for his sons to inherit when he dies. The youngest son, a little bit forward, in my opinion, asks his father if he could have his share of the estate prematurely. His father gives him the money. He spends it all and ends up with nothing. After that, he decides to go back home, with the hope that he’s father will take him back. His father does, he welcomes his son home warmly and even throws a party for him.
Here’s where it gets interesting for me: Luke 15: 25 – 27
25 “Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. 27 ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’ (emphasis added)
Imagine how this guy must have felt. He had been faithful to his father. He worked hard, and had never betrayed or embarrassed his father the way his brother had. He had been out working when he heard the celebrations – no one even had the decency of calling the poor guy from the fields to come and join the celebrations, they left him, working. Only when he heard the music and dancing, (just a side note here: they must have been getting down pretty hard for him to have heard them dancing.) was he aware that they were having a party without him.
The brother in this parable is rarely recognised or celebrated, but I realised something by taking a different look at this parable, this was an encouragement for me.
How many times have you worked and slaved, and have that work go unrecognised? How many times have you celebrated you personal small victories in private, and seen someone that you love, close to you celebrated publically?
I found an additional lesson in this parable: sometimes, you’re an extra in someone else’s box office hit – and that’s ok. Your time will come.
Celebrate, and help someone else to their victory, because the time will come when you need the help and encouragement to get to yours. And if ever you feel pride or jealousy creeping in because someone else is doing better than you are, or they’re stepping on your territory, get down on your knees and pray. Share your heart with God, expose that thing that isn’t from Him, and He’ll help you overcome it.
Today, I’d like to encourage you. Your time to shine is coming, just hang in there and keep pursuing your personal victory,
Thanks for coming by 🙂