Making the Best Use of Our Time Part 2


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Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil.  So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. Ephesians 5:15-17

As I pondered on my post of yesterday The Act of Becoming, I started to realize that in theory it sounded good - but how does it look in my every day life?  How do I make it practical?

I started out by focusing on the things that I *can* do.  I'd rather look at the positives first!  The first thing that came to mind was that I need to exercise diligently.  I've been told that exercise is the best weapon I have against my challenges.  Keeping my muscles as strong as I can.  Keeping my joints mobile.  Yet, I often lie in my recliner doing nothing much at all.  I think about doing them … but often, don't.

I'm doing a lot better with my "morning routine" of memorizing verses, reading devotionals and praying, but today I started thinking that it's becoming too routine - that I need to add to it, to make it more meaningful.  

Praying is high on my list anymore.  It seems that often my prayer life stops after my morning prayers.  I'm working on changing that.  I'm trying to remember to pray about daily situations, to make that contact with God more consistent throughout the day. 

Making the time to post on the blog, or work on my artwork is important to me.  I feel energized when I do them.  But often?  I am sitting in my recliner (still!) and thinking that I *should* get up and work on something. 

I'm sure that the list of the things we can do is different for each one of us.  Yet, it seems important to me to have a list of possibilities of what I can do.  I know it will vary with how I feel.  But I need to make the effort on the days I can to do all I can.

And that leads directly into knowing the things that I can't do.  You know, those things that you wish that you could do - the ones that make you sad or made that you can't do?  

Things get rough for me when I dwell on those things: Wanting to go to a restaurant to eat with friends.  Being able to eat food other that what my body will now tolerate.

I hear and see pictures of folks going on vacations - or doing things my body just can't do anymore.  Depression starts to imprison me.  I fight against them.

I guess it's a fine line for each of us - knowing the difference between the things we need to pursue and the things we need to give up.

Yesterday as I made notes for this post I wrote down the following:

Stop when I need to stop.  Accept the things I truly cannot do.  Give up what needs to be given up.  Pursue what can be pursued.

I think I need to have that posted somewhere.  

I'm learning more about myself as I think on these things.

It's harder for me to get going that it is to stop.  Yes, I often overdo; but I think that is because I know once I stop, I may not get started again!

Seems to be about getting to know yourself.  Taking a good hard look and being honest with what things you need to push yourself into doing - and what things you need to feel is ok leaving undone.

I'm just feeling my way long this road - like each of you.  We never know what the day will bring.  Even those in perfect health don't know that.

So - we do need to take advantage of the time we have to do what we can realistically do - we need to make the most of our days 

and as for the days being evil?

More about that tomorrow.

Father God, I pray for wisdom and discretion for each of us as we journey along difficult paths.  Help us not to compare ourselves to what others can or cannot do.  Encourage our hearts to listen to your guidance as we travel. Make the pathways before us straight. Thank you for your love and your tender care.  Amen and amen.

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