How do you make it right?
By Janet Museveni
Happy new month, my young friends!
We thank God, that the lockdown has eased and we bless Him for watching over us, comforting us in times of loss, and encouraging our hearts when we wanted to give up all hope.
Last week we reflected on the power of choices, we discussed three simple practical ways of making good choices.
Thank you for engaging in this dialogue, I read all your feedback and took it seriously.
Now, what happens if we make bad choices?
Do you simply write yourself off or is it possible to make it right albeit the consequences of our choices.
This week we want to reflect on how to make it right when we come face to face with the consequences of our bad choices.
Scripture presents us with a young man who made very bad choices in his life; his story is recorded in the gospel of Luke chapter 15, verses 11 to 31.
We only know him as the prodigal son, a very familiar story but very instructive to us.
This young man had a wrong value system.
He had an entitlement mentality, he could not delay gratification. He wanted quick success without hard work.
He had one word in his vocabulary…Give me!
So, one day he woke up and told his loving father, “Give me my share of the estate”.
His old father painfully gave him his share.
The young man went to a far country and squandered his property in reckless living.
When he had spent all he had, a severe famine arose in that country, he began to be in dire need so he hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country who sent him to feed his pigs.
He starved so much that he longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs ate but no one gave him even that.
This young man’s value system drove him to the pigsty. Your value system will either take you up or down.
The question is, did he stay in the pigsty?
How did he make it right?
1. Verse 17 says, “He came to his senses”. Some Bible versions say, he came to himself.
He said to himself, how many of my fathers hired servants have more than enough to eat but I perish here with hunger.
The first step guys is to come to your senses.
Evaluate your situation and the bad choices that you have made. Ask questions like, how did I get here? What could I have done differently? What can I do to make it right?"
2. The prodigal son did not stop at that, he sought forgiveness from his father.
He said, “Father I have sinned against heaven and against you”.
The second step to making it right is to admit your faults and ask for forgiveness from those who have been hurt by your actions.
These could be your parents, other authority figures in your life, your siblings, workmates, and schoolmates.
Take a minute and think about those you have hurt by your bad choices and go to them and make it right.
3. Take action! In verse 18, the prodigal son said, “I will arise and go to my father”.
To make it right, you need to take action. Your action like the prodigal son could be returning home to your parents if your choices had driven you away from home. It could be, choosing to return to school to complete that course.
It could be taking up that small job as a starting point.
It could be walking away from wrong company, from an illicit relationship and illicit substances.
Remember, you can make it right!
Now, guess what?
This week on Thursday 5th August I will be hosting the inaugural Virtual Youth Convention together with Uganda Youth Forum and Uganda Christian Lawyers Fraternity, under the theme, Values and skills for the 21st Century youth.
Time: 12pm to 3pm.
We have over 5000 young people who have already signed up.
Please make a date with me that day. I have lined up great speakers for you and I will be speaking too! See you on Thursday.
The writer is the First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports