I am happy for Ted Williams; really I am. It’s a modern day prodigal son story. I am just having a hard time with the making him a celebrity part. I can’t help but look at this story from the other side. Don’t get me wrong, I am glad he is back on his feet and clean and sober. Everyone deserves a second chance. Unfortunately, from what I have experienced in dealing with those with addictions, this is probably his 10,000 chance. I am sure his wife and kids, if he had any, gave him the first 2000 chances, and who knows who gave him the rest. And, I have no doubt that he is the answer to his mother’s prayers; and I am happy for her too. Redemption and repentance are the cornerstone of my faith. The problem is, I have always identified with the prodigal son’s brother. Why throw the party for the one who messed up? Why don’t we celebrate the responsible ones? What about those who were caught up in the destruction of his addictions all those years before he got sober? Maybe they should be the celebrities. Maybe he has a son or daughter who has had to fight everyday to forgive their dad for all the hurt and pain, and yet still has decided to make good life choices…maybe they should be on the Today Show. How about the ex wife who had to fix all the messes and stay strong for her kids and work her butt off to keep a roof over her head? Shouldn’t she be the one being interviewed on how she managed to rise above her circumstances? And if she is interviewed, couldn’t it be on the same day that Ryan Reynolds is a guest so she could meet the hottest man on the planet? Obviously this is all a little to close to home for me. But, I do think there is a lesson to be learned here. This guy ( who now I cannot find his name to give him proper credit and will as soon as I find it again)said it better than I could….
“This is the stern lesson to learn from the prodigal son: Some things cannot be undone, although they can be forgiven.
If the prodigal is to have a place of wealth like the one he squandered in riotous living, he will have to EARN it himself!
There are mistakes that tears cannot undo. Don’t make them. Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t have another yesterday. You can’t unscramble eggs. The greatest joy is to walk with the Lord and neither fall to the right nor to the left. Receive your inheritance, stand in your lot, and receive your portion.
Be the faithful son, but don’t get bitter when others fail the Father…you bring Him joy in faithfulness in the same way he rejoices over their repentance.
So, all that to say… I’m going to be happy for those who get back on their feet and get a new start (and will watch to see that they don’t blow this chance), I’m going to know that somewhere there are people who have suffered unchangeable hurts because of the prodigal’s poor choices, and I’m going to re read the parable of the prodigal son and try to be a little less like the older brother.