Editor’s Note: So many girls across the country have been preparing speeches for the Lads to Leaders convention and were unable to give them because it was cancelled. We are spending the next few weeks celebrating the hard work of these young ladies by sharing their speeches with you! We are so incredibly proud of them and know that you will be encouraged and uplifted by their words.
The prodigal son and Joseph represent two different kinds of obstacles and stumbling blocks. The prodigal son represents the obstacles or stumbling blocks that we cause ourselves. The prodigal son was trying to live like the world and created the bad situation that he was in.
We bring obstacles on ourselves when we do things like tell lies, not participating in worship, or not listening to our parents or elders.
On the other hand, Joseph represents the obstacles or stumbling blocks that are a result of someone else’s actions. Joseph was sold and placed in a new land because of his brothers’ jealousy.
Some kids may experience struggles because they have a parent who isn’t a Christian or some kids, like me, have experienced hardships because we had to be taken from our family because our parents made bad choices. Like Joseph, I was placed in a new land but that is when I realized we are all responsible for our behavior and reactions.
We don’t know why the prodigal son left his family, but we know that he wasted his possessions with prodigal living. In contrast, in Genesis 39, we know that the Lord was with Joseph and he was a successful man. In spite of his obstacles he prospered and worked for the Lord.
When I was placed with a new family, I had two options:
I could be like the prodigal son and waste the opportunity or I could be like Joseph and follow the Lord and try to do what He wanted me to do.
I wish I could say that I was like Joseph from the beginning, but I was not. That is why I am so thankful that we read about the forgiveness offered to the prodigal son by his father.
I am so happy that my earthly family is at peace now and that we’ve forgiven each other for the mistakes we made but how humbling is it to know that we can be at peace with God, our heavenly Father if we will just turn back to him and ask for forgiveness?
I can imagine that Joseph being reunited with his family and earthly father was the sort of overwhelming emotion I felt on my adoption day. It’s a peace, a love, and a sense of security that I can’t describe. I want you to feel that peace, love, and security on judgment day when we are reunited with our heavenly Father.
Are you lost like the prodigal son? If you are, I beg you, please come home.