Open-Door Policy

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Think a minute… This is a true story about a 19-year-old girl who rebelled against her parents and ran away from home. Soon she found out that life was not easy on her own.

She could not find a job, and her friends grew tired of her living off them so they kicked her out. She finally became so desperate she started making money by working on the street as a prostitute.

Years passed. Her father died. Her mother grew older. All the while the daughter’s life grew even worse. But she still would not write or go home to see her mother. One day the mother heard that her daughter had been seen in a certain part of town, so she went looking for her.

The mother went to every cheap hotel asking to put a picture on their walls. It was a picture of herself, now an old, gray-haired mother. Beside her picture she wrote: “I still love you! Please come home!”

Months went by and nothing happened. Then one day the daughter, who was now extremely skinny and sick, could not believe her eyes when she saw her mother’s picture on the wall of that dirty, cheap hotel! As she read her mother’s message to her she began to cry.

That night she started walking the many miles back to her home. It was early in the morning when she finally arrived at her mother’s house and knocked on the door. To her surprise, the door was open! Afraid that someone had broken into the house, she ran inside and woke up her sleeping mother to tell her she had finally come home. Mother and daughter cried as they hugged each other.

The daughter said: “I thought someone had broken the door open!” The mother shook her head and said: “My dear, since the day you left, that door has always been open.”

Remember, it does not matter what wrong things we have done or how badly we have lived, our heavenly Father’s door is always open—for us to come home. Even though we have rebelled against Him and chosen not to live His way, the moment you decide to ask His forgiveness, Jesus will forgive and accept you just the way you are.

That is when He can help you start a new life—but this time daily living His right, true way in a loving relationship with Him. Today He wants you to know He’s waiting… and His door is still open.

Just think a minute…

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