The Prodigal Son: True Life Story

The Prodigal Son: True Life Story

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I met Erwin last April 2012 when I was still working in Cebu. When I first saw him I admit that I immediately judged him based on his looks. Erwin looks like a typical gangster and the way he looked made me shake in fear.

Yet I was wrong.

When I and Erwin became friends I discovered his true personality. He was so kind and calm. He cooked food for us to eat. He accompanied me to the pier every time I went home in Bohol. We attended weekly mass together and worship on some Fridays. In short, I got a friend, a true friend; especially that it was the first time I worked in Cebu.

But in just 2 months, I returned working in Manila and unfortunately our friendship was cut. We didn’t have any communication again. I didn’t know what happened to him and he didn’t know what happened to me.

Until one day, Erwin messaged me on Facebook and asked if I still knew him. To my surprised when I checked his profile I found the same face of Erwin who was my friend 4 years ago. So the friendship blooms again.

A few weeks ago I posted a question on Facebook asking my friends what topic I should write on my next blog. Erwin commented if I can write his life story which I warmly accepted.

Here is Erwin’s story;

Their family is neither rich nor poor yet he grew up in a comfortable life. He considered himself as her mother’s favorite. He has seven siblings and most of them graduated high school. Erwin really wanted to go to school but they were short financially. When he graduated elementary he was forced to stop for a while to give way to his other siblings and to take care of their youngest. Erwin felt dumped. The hatred started.

His attitude towards his mother and siblings changed. His desire to study faded. He punished his mother by not helping in household chores. He let his mother washed his clothes. He didn’t cook his food. He demanded to buy something for himself despite the fact that his mother has no means to buy it. His mother bought him cell phone which won’t last long because from time to time he lost it or it was broken. When the latest model of his favorite phone became available in the market he demanded his mother to buy one for him but his mother declined this time. His mother didn’t have the money to buy it and she didn’t want to spoil him anymore.

Knowing that there was no chance of having the phone he wanted, Erwin left their house and worked in his uncle’s print shop in Cebu. He agreed to work without salary as long as there were free food and accommodation. It was during these days that he immersed himself in vices. He started to drink and use a cigarette. He also admitted using marijuana and shabu that time. His life was in darkness. His heart was filled with hatred and regrets. Because of his situation, Erwin always found himself fighting with another person. He always caught himself into troubles.

One day his aunt called him and asked him to stay with them. It was so timely because that time he had a lot of enemies already. While staying with his aunt, Erwin realized his mistakes. He started going to mass together with his aunt’s family. He read the Bible and spent more time reflecting on the things happening in his life. He started to be calm and thought of the brighter things. He remembered his mother and her teachings when he was still with her. In other words, things started to change again for the better. Erwin stopped his vices and started to dream for his mother.

He finally found himself by forgiving himself first and foremost. He chose to release the hatred he has been keeping for a long time. He decided to go back home and be reconciled with his mother and the rest of his family. He stayed with his mother for quite a time and helped her. They forgave each other. Finally, Erwin had full of hope again. He found the light.

By the way, Erwin continued to study and he finished high school just like his siblings. At present Erwin is working in a high-end restaurant in Cebu City. Though his income is not that much, he regularly sends money to his mother. He wants to give back for all her sacrifices and maximize the chance he has now to love and care for his family especially his mother. Now Erwin is a bit worried because his mother is growing old and anytime she will leave him soon. But he is ready for the reality. According to him the best thing now is that he already learned his lesson and he would make the most of the time he has at present.

Indeed Erwin’s life story is an inspiration. We can get a lot of lessons from it.

Here is mine, “If you love someone, you should be humble enough to ask forgiveness and be reconciled with him or her. Today is the best day to do this. You may never know tomorrow is already late. After all, love should win.”

 

Please feel free to comment below at least one lesson you get from Erwin’s story.

 

To your rich future,

 

Lebert “Futurich” Omac

 

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Author: Lebert Omac

Lebert is a forester by profession and currently working as a sales associate in Abu Dhabi, UAE. He comes from a simple family of Bohol, Philippines and is the breadwinner of their family. Aside from making sure that his family is provided with all their needs, he is also passionate about faith-building at the same time building healthy and lasting relationships with everyone, especially to his fiancee. On top of all the things he's doing now, he also dreams of building a God-fearing and God-centered family in the future and eventually make it a mission in order to build a peaceful society. Growing up in a family where he feels all the love and support push him to pursue this dream.