“I will set out and go back to my father and say to him:
Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.
I am no longer worthy to be called your son;
make me like one of your hired servants.’
So he got up and went to his father. But while he was still a long way off,
his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him;
he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.
The son said to him,
‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.
I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’”
Luke 15:18-21 (NIV)
I remember the incident as though it was yesterday. I was a beginner driver and one Sunday my father asked me to drive the family to church. Sadly, I crunched the side of our car on the rear bumper of another car as I parked outside the church.
We got out and surveyed the considerable damage to the side of the family car. Of course I made sincere apologies to my father who said nothing about it. All through church I sat in silence feeling so upset over my failure.
When we got to the car following the church service my Dad handed me the keys and simply said, “You drive son.” I was very humbled by my Dad’s acceptance of my failure and how willing he was to give me a second opportunity to prove myself.