“Be careful how you act; these are difficult days. Don’t be fools; be wise: make the most of every opportunity you have for doing good.” Ephesians 5:15-16 (LB)
I felt convicted and inspired with a greater sense of purpose after I read this verse. Be careful Tracey how you act; these are difficult days. Don’t be a fool; be wise: make the most of every opportunity you have for doing good.
We all have them. . . I don’t know about you. . . But I just try to get through. . . my difficult days. Self-talk in my head speaks scripts out like. . . “I just have to make it to daylight” OR “I’m almost to the warm water for therapy” OR “Just one more bite of soup; dare I risk it? I have not choked yet” OR “How many tired days can my husband push himself through?” OR “How much heartache can one daughter endure?” OR “What need do I express?” OR. . . .
Frankly, my circumstance is just not “big” enough, in the shadow of my God, to allow a “foolish” thought life to rule. It’s a challenge not to allow it to “snowball” and roll over opportunities. Even in pain, in depression, in grief, in disability, in an overwhelming job, in a tough marriage, in bankruptcy, in loss, and even in the impossible, opportunities abound.
Don’t allow your difficulties to snowball over your opportunities.
Some of my days are difficult. Ummm, that’s not honest, all of my days are difficult, varying in degrees of “difficulty.” Typing is difficult, swallowing is difficult, transitions from bed to wheelchair are difficult. On any given a day, when I pick up on even just one small marker to invest some of God’s goodness, I learn some nugget of wisdom. The small investment often lifts me in Big ways above my current level of survival into a lesson on value that leads to Kingdom Investments with His goodness. Bottom line here, God blesses me in return and I always feel better.
Our God is multi-directional.
difficulties + wisdom – foolishness = opportunities
opportunities – foolishness + difficulties = wisdom
wisdom + opportunities = difficulties – foolishness
It’s a tough moment, tough day, tough month, or a long year heavy laden with no relief in sight. Yet, we are called to be careful how we “act” in our difficult days to love and live well into our opportunities. Dearest Papa God,
We are all in the midst of a difficult day, heading into one or out of one. Speak life into our struggle. Through the power of Christ who lives in us, may we be careful to act with, in and through Your goodness to ourselves and to others. Your Son spoke life to the thief, even as He suffered beyond measure on The Cross. (Luke 23:32-43) Empower us, God to reflect that life in our difficult days.
Amen (let it be so)