Making the Most of Our Time - Part 2 Robbed of  Our Joy


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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

This post evolved after I wrote The Act of Becoming two days ago. Yesterday's post Making the Best Use of Our Time leads into this one.  

I am by no means a Biblical scholar.  I don't know the "correct" interpretation of the words that state the days are evil.  

I do know I've always looked at them through a broader perspective - how we live in a fallen world and there any many, many temptations we face.

What I came to realize is that there are far many more common 'evils' that I face on a daily basis.

I found myself journaling the following.  Please be aware I was talking to myself, about myself in the following words.

"Make the most of your time – for the days are evil.  

I don't always know what to think of that verse.

I am seeing something new here.

When I don’t do all I can do, the days are evil … they are time stolen away from me that can never be returned.

I can let that inactivity - the unwillingness to get up - just continue to watch the television or a movie or play a computer game eat away at my time.

I often fear the consequences of extending myself.

Sloth, sleepiness, inactivity, unwillingness … they all steal from me.

When I am depressed, bitter, angry, resentful, there is no way I can have God's peace in my heart.

Those negative emotions?

They rob me of my joy.

I must be careful - use discretion in all aspects of my challenges.

I must seek God's wisdom.

I must make the most of my time.

So much more is under my control than I want to admit.

I am foolish to think otherwise.

I'm in no way negating that we all have things we can't do.  I know our lives are a struggle.  I know some days are "bed days" and I can do almost nothing.

But I do know there are moments when I give into my challenges and let them win.

I pray that those moments be as few as possible in all of our lives.

Father God, I pray for endurance for the sufferings we face.  I ask for your mercy and grace.  Most of all, I pray for the strength we need to not only survive, but to thrive as best we can in the face of each and every painful challenge.  Amen and amen.

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