I went to “Prodigal’ – the fall musical at Marion High School this past weekend.

This is an original composition that’s written, produced and directed by choral director Jonathan Dyrland. For those who may be wondering, Jonathan is also the lead singer in the band Airwaves of which I’ve written about a time or two.

This is a well-done, modern rendition of one of the most loved of all Bible stories. The story has been showcased in a plethora of ways in movies, on TV and even on Broadway through the years and I must say, my good friend Jonathan with help from an eager and energetic cast of students from MHS, nailed it pretty well.

“Prodigal” is showing through this weekend. I highly recommend that you go see if you get a chance.


By the way, I looked up the word “prodigal” and it literally means “wastefully extravagant.” The interesting definition of the word led me to this thought.

Perhaps the biggest tragedy in sin we choose to partake in lies is the unfortunate loss of time that could have been spent on a better choice. When we make a poor decision, we waste precious moments that could have been invested on purpose. I guess you could say that in this careless act, we become a prodigal of sorts.

Why would we rather waste time, energy and resources doing what is worthless from a Kingdom point of view than using every moment wisely engaging in the great adventure of life with Jesus by our side? Of course, we know the answer to this, don’t we?  It’s because we still wrestle with a very real sin nature – Romans 7:21-23.

Indeed, we are all “recovering prodigals” but by His grace, we are learning to “make the most of every opportunity” rather than spending time in wasteful extravagance.

“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Ephesians 5:15-17.

Something to think about.

2 Responses to "Wastefully extravagant"

  • Sally Roos says:

    If prodigal means wastefully extravagant, then was Jesus saying that the father of this story was wastefully extravagant? Of course, we know the son was wasteful with his father’s extravagant wealth. Perhaps he was following in the footsteps of his father. Hmm…interesting.

  • timcalcara says:

    Good point. Perhaps the more complete definition will help. “Spending money or resources freely and recklessly; wastefully extravagant.” Like his father, the Prodigal Son was unafraid to spend resources however, his father spent them on those he cared for most, not “recklessly” on himself. Had the Prodigal Son grown to have a giving heart like his father and learned how to successfully grow his resources through good business decisions, perhaps like his father, he could have had cash flow to give on behalf of others. Thanks for provoking deeper thought on the matter.

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