In his book Life After God, Douglas Coupland writes about Scout, a member of “the first generation raised without religion.” Scout lost his wife and son because she “just stopped being in love.” He trafficked in drugs and lived in a spiritual wasteland, but for an instant at least he “came to his senses.”

Scout confessed, “My secret is that I need God—that I am sick and can no longer make it alone. I need God to help me give, because I no longer seem capable of giving; to help me be kind, as I no longer seem capable of kindness; to help me love, as I seem beyond being able to love.”

Scout may not know it, but he has taken his first step toward God.

In the story Jesus told about the prodigal son, a young man left home and wasted his inheritance. When his money was all gone, he took a job tending pigs. He had hit bottom. There he sat, surrounded by pigs, feeling the gnawing hunger in his belly. He thought about home, his dad, and his father’s hired men. And “he came to himself” (Lk. 15:17). Changing his mind about the direction his life had been going, he decided to go back home and admit how wrong he had been.

How about you? Have you come to your senses?