But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!. Luke 15:17
In yesterday’s devotional, we established that like most of us, the prodigal son had a goal to get somewhere (financial freedom), and to achieve his goal, he embarked on a journey. He however got stuck along the way, and had to pause and appraise his situation by asking himself some tough questions. This brought about a turn-around for him.
Many people are stranded in a place of unfulfilled goals (Stuck in the rut) and can’t seem to find a way out. A practical application of the prodigal son’s solution/formula to these peculiar situations, can guarantee the achievement of set goals (targets, desired destination).
You can start by asking yourself these questions, ‘Where was I before I set my goals? What goals did I set for myself, e.g. spiritually, maritally, economically, physically, etc? Where am I now in reaching my goals?’ If you are nowhere near fulfilling your goals, you then should ask, “Is it my fate (destiny) or my state (temporary situation)?”
Determine if the situation you are in is redeemable or irredeemable – right size it. If you consider it your fate, then you are stuck. If you see it as a temporary state, then there is a flicker of hope that you will still accomplish the goals you set out to achieve. If they were God-given and reasonable goals at the beginning, you should not change your mind because of your present stagnation or delay in taking off.
The prodigal son could have concluded that the situation was his fate, yet he chose to see it as a temporary state which could be redeemed. He refused to let his current state stop him from trying again to reach his goals and desires for total (physical, relationship and financial) freedom. He took remedial steps. The first formula to getting unstuck in a rut and moving forward is to see your setback as a temporary situation which is subject to change, not as a permanent state of hopelessness. This mindset will strengthen you not to abandon your goals but to keep pushing till you get your desired results.
Pray for a release of God’s strength to fortify your will not to abandon your goals halfway because of temporary setbacks; but to stand strong and keep pushing till your God-given goals are met.