Monday, August 06, 2012

Word for the Week: Living Consciously, Making the most of every Opportunity

Good morning, world.

First of all, I apologize for discontinuing the Steve Harvey series. I got a sternly worded email backing the copyright and threatening to take action. I guess everyone wanting to learn from Steve will have to buy the book - or see the movie.

Secondly, I would like to share a thought that has been paramount on my mind the past few days... Enter Ephesians 6 vs. 15-16:

"Be very careful, then, how you live - not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil."

(I like to read the NIV because the English is very plain. The truth is clearly stated, and there is little room for conjecture. I also like the NLT.)

It has been long said that the difference between successful people and unsuccessful ones is what they do with their time. We all have the gift of 24 hours a day, and differences in our lives steadily build up as a result of what we do with our time. The Bible here asks that we live very carefully, very consciously; that we live not as unwise men, but as wise ones. Remember, life has a practice of living you - if you do not live it.

We are also asked to make the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil... Linking into the parable of the talents (which I will talk about some other day) - the Bible is big on maximizing the opportunities that come your way... Make the most of the present, as your faithfulness in what you do today determines how much more you will do tomorrow...

In summary, this week: live more consciously, and make the most of every opportunity!

Have fun!