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January 19, 2021

Living Wisely

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE

So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.

Ephesians 5:15-17 NLT

TODAY’S THOUGHT

What does it look like to live “like those who are wise?”


Sometimes, we read the biographies of successful people to discover the secret sauce of their success. We might watch a movie or documentary about their lives to learn their secret.


Paul gives us a pretty good insight into what he calls living “like those who are wise.” He says we need to “make the most of every opportunity” and “understand what the Lord wants you to do.”


I am convinced that in this day and age, we waste a lot of opportunities. There are so many things that distract us—entertainment, social media, video games, sports, and more. It seems we often blow hours a day on worthless things and miss a lot of opportunities.


I listened to a man the other day who realized he had a 45-minute commute to work each day and decided to make that an opportunity for growth. He purchased a language learning kit and, in less than a year, listened to all the CDs three times and taught himself a new language. All he did was take the time he was wasting listening to music or talk radio and use it for growth. That choice opened new doors in his life.


The second part of the formula is to “understand what the Lord wants you to do.” During our time of fasting and prayer, this is a significant part of the process. We want the Holy Spirit to give us greater clarity of God’s will in our lives. Where do you need greater clarity?


I believe we get clarity when we commit to God’s Word (daily reading and interacting with the Word of God), God’s Spirit (daily time in prayer), and God’s family (connect with other believers in meaningful relationships that motivate us to growth).

TODAY’S PRAYER

Holy Spirit, please help me to make the most of the opportunities You are giving me. Help me to see what You have put in front of me. Help me to discipline myself to have a daily time of listening to You.


Scroll down to share what you feel God is saying to you based on today’s reading.


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