As we move forward in this new year, God’s Word has a great encouragement for us. Ephesians 5:15-16 says: Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil.
There is a lot of great encouragement in these short words. In them, we are reminded to be careful, be wise, be diligent, and be aware.
- Be careful: We must take ownership of our lives. We must know every step we take, every word we speak, every action we do, and every thought we have. Any of these without care or restraint is a huge waste of precious resources.
- Be wise: We must be responsible for our own wisdom. Gone are the days of juvenile mistakes and foolishness. We must evaluate every step, word, action, and thought and make sure it is exercised with wisdom.
- Be diligent: We must be constantly and consistently pursue God's vision and calling on our lives. When we step, speak, act, and think, we must have live out our purpose, rather than simply go along with everyone else.
- Be aware: We must question everyone and their motives and calling. Everyone else, unless they are fully committed to God’s Word and His Presence, will be prone lead us into futility.
Our lives are too precious to God for us to simply be driven along by the influences around us. He desires for us to have purpose, and to live that purpose out with every step, every word, every action, and every thought we have.
Do we realize that time is limited? We only have so much time on this earth. We only have so much opportunity before a door or window will close. We must seize every moment and every opportunity.
As we move forward then in this new year, may I challenge all of us to ask ourselves: Am I being careful, wise, diligent, and aware, or am I allowing myself to drift along haphazardly? Lead Well!