An Ipiphany

I woke in the middle of the night thinking about the parable of the Prodigal Son again.

In a previous post I wrote about the parable of the Prodigal Son. (Check it out if you haven’t seen it.)

(Let’s call those involved the Prodigal Gang because we can learn from each of them)

When I wrote that, I spoke of the three members of the gang. I am now seeing that we can choose to associate our self with any single one of the three people involved:

First, the Prodigal Father – who worked hard and built the estate.

Next, the Prodigal Brother who followed the rules and has full inheritance.

Finally, the Prodigal Son who took a premature, incomplete inheritance and squandered it away.

We can easily see how each of these members can be modeled by you. By placing yourself in their shoes, you will gain different perspectives… gaining understanding and growth. This makes sense… and it helps me to realize I had associated with each brother at different times.

But, the epiphany I had last night is this; THERE IS A FOURTH part of the Prodigal Gang… the Servant(s)! Ah, the truly ignored. The ones who keep the estate running! Service to Others is the connection to the One Source.

What makes this epiphany is the number of members… FOUR! That fits nicely with the four aspects of an individual. Instinct, Intellect, Intuition, Intention. This always excites me… because I can assign each of the team members to each of the aspects.

To coin an I word- this is an “Ipiphany!” A connection to the four I’s. For me, this list makes sense:

Instinct – the younger brother… he is going just on instinct.

Intellect – the older brother… he is doing the hard work, staying the course, doing it right!

Intuitionthe servant! The service to others ‘person’ in this group… working in the background, thanklessly.

Intention – the father, who created the estate and bequeaths it. The One Source.

So, when you contemplate this story, try modeling each of the four… This makes sense to me… how about you?

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