when all is lost all is found

when all is lost all is found

We’ve all had to suffer great loss of job, relationship, dignity, and or course money.

As one who has lost everything more than once, I can attest that

“when all is lost all is found”

I use the term “lost everything” to mean suffering great losses, in multiple arenas, in a short, or measurable period of time.

Life seems surreal and we don’t know where to begin to get back on the right road.  We can ususllay point to the first domino that fell.  When we face a loss of everything, we are left depressed and broken.  

In one of Jesus’s parables, He speaks of someone who lost everything.  

It reads:     

“…this younger son packed all his belongings and moved to a distant land, and there he wasted all his money in wild living. About the time his money ran out, a great famine swept over the land, and he began to starve. He persuaded a local farmer to hire him, and the man sent him into his fields to feed the pigs. The young man became so hungry that even the pods he was feeding the pigs looked good to him. But no one gave him anything.

“When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, ‘At home even the hired servants have food enough to spare, and here I am dying of hunger! I will go home to my father and say, “Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired servant.”’  Luke 15:13-19 (NLT)

I too have eaten my share of pig slop just looking for some way to quench my need for satisfaction.

“when all is lost all is found”

After I lost my money, relationships, and my ministry,  I was uniquely positioned to find things that are far more valuable than what I lost.

I found family & relationships
I am closer and more honest with the family and friends than ever before.  I love being with them.  Regina and I are closer than ever

I found budgeting
I think more in terms of need rather than want.  I also find that I am more generous than I once was because I am walking in a trusting relationship with Jesus.  I see him as my source and my resources are His to bless through me including be a good ambassador of the Kingdom of God by paying my bills on time

I found grace for myself and for others
The latter was easier.  I’m still coming to grips with being forgiven.  I love people more now and have a higher appreciation for diversity

I found a lower standard of living.
As long as I have Regina in a place that she feels safe, that is well within budget – I am fine!  I have no one to impress

I found a higher standard of living
I live for the mission and for The Lord. I take the invitation to serve more seriously and in the respect for God that it deserves.  I focus much more on the Kingdom and far less on matters of the world although I’m still having to bite my political tongue

The story goes on to add that:

“…his father said to the servants, ‘Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet. And kill the calf we have been fattening. We must celebrate with a feast, for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.’ So the party began. 

In the context of the chapter, It is clear that this last parable in Jesus’s 3 part series is about the concern that God has for us.

Losing it all was the best thing that could have happened to me.  Just as this dude, “Finally came to his senses,”  I too made some life changing decisions and acted upon them. And I can say that I found the same acceptance, love, and forgiveness in God that this guy found with his dad.

I’ve had some failures along the way, and in some areas I am just getting started.
But I am determined to finish the course and have placed my trust in The One who is committed to me. Philippians 1:6

3 comments

  1. PegJean Evans

    Rebuilding, too asking for a discerning spirit to know the difference between wants and needs. So glad our paths crossed and on my 15th wedding anniversary, bought a brand spanking new car to roll right out of there. Where God huides, He provides. For whatever is left of my dash, I’ll be pouring the love of Jesus into future generations.

  2. Thank you for the post. A good reminder for me that God is forgiving and accepting when I humbly submit to Him.

    • thanks Vince – and thanks for your support of the site. I have more coming out later this week on the son’s return home

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