"I will arise"

[For young adults]

It is a good thing to be an independent thinker, not just float along on the popular tide. It's sometimes easier to accept other people's ways of thinking, but the end product is often very uncomfortable. The prodigal son in Christ Jesus' parable found this out; and we don't necessarily have to indulge in his particular form of riotous living to come to the same conclusion.

I once accepted without challenge the common belief that life in the large city where I live is highly pressurized. It seemed to be equally difficult to get about whether as a motorist or a pedestrian, and I also felt there should be at least another six hours to the day to cram in all that had to be done. I started going to bed tired and waking up exhausted.

One morning I awoke with this phrase on my lips: "I will arise and go to my father."  Luke 15:18; It comes from the story of the prodigal son. I wondered why I had wakened saying this, since I did not feel I was in the prodigal's situation. However, I have learned that when a Scriptural passage comes to me, there is a very good reason for it; and so I pondered this passage as I dressed.

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June 8, 1968

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