“See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.” Ephesians 5:15-17
Our weekly Christian devotional
I’ve just finished my Herculean workout. You know the kind I’m talking about…the one where you feel quite worthy of a gold metal for simply not quitting halfway through.
Today’s routine has left my little legs as shaky as a newborn giraffe and my stomach as hungry as a mountain lion. I guess this is one of the down sides to having a personal trainer for a husband.
The pathetic thing is that I can’t seem to make it back to my condo fast enough. But, I feel the power of my tummy taking over my legs as I motor quickly down the street. Bursting through my door and into the kitchen, my trembling hands pull open the cabinet. I can feel my mouth watering like one of Pavlov’s dogs. Carbohydrates are only a moment away now…
The next scene seems to happen in slow motion. A tower of forgotten Tupperware spills on top of me. They tumble onto my kitchen counter and floor without any regard to my hunger issues.
Ugh. This definitely wasn’t a moment when I ‘felt’ like neatly organizing random plastic containers. On second thought—there has never really been a moment when I actually ‘felt’ like organizing them. Perhaps, this is the reason why those annoying things continue to fall on my head!
My stomach reminds me that I have more important things to attend to. Haphazardly, I shove the troublesome contents back from whence they fell. All the while knowing that the next time I open the cabinet, I’d regret that lazy move…
Most of us know that putting off a problem never really makes it go away. In the case of my Tupperware, this is only a minor inconvenience.
But, there can be a detrimental cumulative affect when one ignores a serious problem. Imagine if a person gets diagnosed with diabetes yet never takes the proper medication or makes the important dietary changes that are needed to continue living!
In Ephesians 5:15-17 we are reminded that it’s crucial to face and deal with important life (and afterlife) issues; because who knows how long they have on this earth?
Even though this isn’t a very ‘positive’ or ‘fun’ thought, the fact of the matter remains the same: No one has the luxury of knowing when their last day on earth will be.
What have you been putting off that needs to be addressed? What if today was your last day to actually do something about it? There’s simply no guarantee that you will enjoy another tomorrow. Eternity offers no ‘do-overs’. Today is the day that you need to do what you know in your heart you need to do.
“Dear Heavenly Father,
I have been moving through life quickly, hardly stopping for a moment because I’m afraid. I’m scared that I will be faced with the thoughts of what really matters.
I’m the master at distracting myself from doing what I know needs to be done. I keep putting off some serious decisions, waiting for the perfect day to tackle them. The day where I won’t feel overwhelmed. But, putting off tasks that need to be addressed only makes the anxiety worse.
I’m also quite aware that by ignoring your promptings, I am spitting in the face of your grace. You have been so merciful and patient with me. Lord, I repent that I have taken your mercy for granted.
So many people are dying young. I cannot be a fool and say that it won’t or can’t happen to me.
Lord, help me to face the issues and decisions I need to make. I want to be wise with my life. I know my eternal destiny depends on the choices I make in this life.
Instead of selling myself short and taking the easy way, help me to discipline myself into making the choices that I can sleep well with.
Lord, you have been convicting me about many things. I have continued to push you away. Today is the day where I will heed your still, small voice. Today is the day that I choose to obey.
Help me to make that same choice tomorrow and the next day and every day until it is time to go home…to you. Amen.”
Thank you for reading our weekly Christian devotional on verses: Ephesians 5:15-17
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Author: Julia Shalom Jordan