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A Precious Commodity

“Pay careful attention, then, to how you live—not as unwise people but as wise—making the most of the time, because the days are evil. So don’t be foolish but understand what the Lord’s will is.”1

When the pandemic hit us last year, and schools and workplaces closed down, many of us found ourselves at home with A LOT of time on our hands. At first, it was a nice change to our daily routines; but soon, we found that we had too much time on our hands. There was only so much cleaning and reorganizing that could be done! Those with children, might have found their days very full! Many welcomed this much needed time, yet others, found themselves missing the busyness of their routine-filled lives. However, it's what we did with our time that made the difference. If our time was spent watching television, or scrolling through our phones, then I imagine you felt a sense of boredom and maybe even frustration. But, if you were finally able to finish a project, or begin a new one, then you probably felt a great sense of accomplishment.

God gave us twenty-four hours every day to use wisely. When we make the most of those hours, we find that we can get so much accomplished; we may even find ourselves getting a full night of restful sleep! But when we mismanage our day, we find ourselves running around, hurrying to finish tasks, squeezing in time for dinner with the family, and having a restless sleep because we have so much on our mind. Our time is a precious commodity that should not be wasted. Today’s verse, found in Ephesians chapter 5, tells us to “Pay Careful attention” to how we live, and to “Make the most of the time, because the days are evil”! In the Apostle Paul’s day, the “Evil” was the fact that they were under heavy persecution or opposition. In today’s time, our “Evil” is much more active because we are surrounded by thieves of time, ranging from idle technology time to simple preoccupations. Our natural course, the course our flesh leads us on, usually leads us toward that “Evil” instead of pursuing Christlikeness.

Let us be as the wise – and not the unwise – and make the very most of every opportunity granted to us by our Creator. Let us not waste this precious commodity!


Suggested Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father, please show me how to be wise with my time. I may have a busy schedule but help me make the most of the time you give me. Help me prioritize my day so I don’t miss out on those important moments with my family. I give you my day and my time. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  1. Ephesians 5:15-17.

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