6-18-15 Wasting Away While Wasting Away

Don’t ya just love those “life hack” things that circulate on the internet? You know, those tips you should have known, but didn’t. For example, I never thought of using those little plastic bread bag clasps as labels for organizing wires.  Duh. So simple, why didn’t I think of that?

But once in a while I have had a great idea. Like putting a tarp on the bottom of the pickup bed for autumn leaves. Put the leaves on top of the tarp and to unload just pull the tarp and the leaves come out in one swoosh. Ok, ok, I saw someone else do it. It really wasn’t my original life hack.

I was raking and sweeping the leaves out of my pickup, when a guy pulls up next to me at the dump site, drops the tailgate, yanks on the tarp – dropping the leaves, throws the tarp inside the truck, closes the tailgate and he’s done.  I said to myself, “Why didn’t I ever think of that?”

Now days, I enjoy pulling up beside someone else at a dump site and dropping off my leaves in under a minute, while the guy next to me is trying to clean out his truck with a broom. I try not to smirk too obviously when I drive off knowing that that guy is thinking, “What a hack!”

I can imagine the prodigal son, yearning to eat the pig’s food, and realizing that he has been really stupid.  The servants in his father’s house have it better that slopping pigs and wearing tattered smelly clothing. He had never seen that before. They had clean clothes, nice living quarters, good meals every day and here he was wasting away while wasting away his life.

“And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!” Luke 15:17

© copyright Kevin T Boekhoff


6-16-15 How Low Can You Go?

I remember a contest from years ago. The neighborhood kids had set up a bar and would bend over backwards and kind of skip their way under it. The idea was to see who could go the lowest. They asked me, “How low can you go?”

So I tried it.  I didn’t do well at all.  I was not made to bend over backwards that far. Some people can get amazingly low.  I don’t know how they do it, or why they would want to.  If I tried that now, I think I would hurt myself permanently.

The prodigal son had gone out on his own and was now nearing the bottom.  He was feeling very low. He had no money, no friends, and no encouragement. He finally found the only job in the area – doing the very worst thing he could imagine. Caring for pigs.

Caring for sheep was quiet and the animals docile. They reminded the shepherd of how God cares for His sheep. However, pigs are dirty, eat anything dead or alive, fight amongst themselves, squeal and stink horribly. Whenever he fed them, they reminded him of his greed for his inheritance. They didn’t graze peacefully, they displayed their selfishness loudly. They reminded him of his friends that abandoned him when his money ran out. They reminded him of how the devil didn’t care about him. He got so low that he looked around for the owner because he would gladly (fain) have eaten the hogs’ food.

Some people look like they have hit rock bottom, yet continue on.  I wonder how low they will go.  Pride can keep a person from repenting. 

Pride can keep one in the pigpen – now, isn’t that an astonishing thought!

“And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.” Luke 15:15-16.

© copyright Kevin T Boekhoff

6-15-15 Take Two

I like imagining I am in a movie because when I mess up I can just snap my imaginary board and say, “Take two.” God is great in that He allows us to start over, but it’s different than a movie “take.” Mistakes can have lasting consequences.

I know people that wish they could have the tattoos and scars from piercings removed without a major skin draft. Some wish they had never taken that first drink. Some cannot change the surgical alterations they made to their bodies. They can’t change it back. Many have scars from accidents and fights. Some are spending the rest of their lives in jail. Some struggle with psychiatric issues. Guilt cripples others.This list could go on…
Sin always hurts someone. It causes emotional, mental and physical pain to the sinner. It affects all those around him/her. The prodigal son hurt his parents, siblings, servants, friends and people he met.  The sin may be legal. It may even seem harmless, but if it leads someone down the road away from God, it has caused pain with eternal consequences.

Sin hurts the innocent – it put Jesus on the cross. It’s better to get it right than have several “mis-takes” with scars.

“And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.” Luke 15:14.
© copyright Kevin T Boekhoff

6-11-15 The Prodigal Gal

The father looked out the window to see his daughter get out of the passenger side in a beat up car. The driver stayed behind the wheel to honk the horn whenever the urge struck him. The daughter walked past her dad without a word, when he held the door open for her.  She took some things out of her dresser, stuffed them into a bag and went out to the car.  The boy, with definite aversion to cleanliness followed her back inside. He carried some heavy items to the car and struggled to stuff the stuff into the car. The father watched as she ran off with the guy.

Every day the father and mother watched for their prodigal gal to come home.  Every day they expected her to arrive with a grandchild.  Every day they prayed for and thought about their prodigal gal. Every day they feared the worst.

The feelings are the same whether it’s a son or daughter – it just happens a little differently. The child racks up regrets, but the parent can only watch and wait.

My Heavenly Father does the same thing.  He will let me go, if that is what it takes to get things right with Him. Meanwhile, the sin causes scars and pounds wedges into relationships.  Plus, it produces many wasted years.

“And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.” Luke 15:13.

© copyright Kevin T Boekhoff