USING TIME WISELY
Read Ephesians 5: 1-20
Be careful . . . how you live, not as unwise
people but as wise, making the most of
the time, because the days are evil.
One night, after a period of feeling detached from God, I
received word that one of my childhood friends had died in a
traffic accident. The news
was so painful that I felt as
if I had died inside, but it
also caused me to reflect
on my life in an extraor-
dinary way and turn back
to God. The worst pain of all was wondering, Why did it take
such a tragic event to make me reflect on my life and seek God
again? As with many of the mysteries in this life, I still do not
have an answer. The only thing I know with certainty is that I
don’t want to detach anymore from the One who gave me life,
from the Lord of hosts, from my loving Father.
Many of us can be intense in our ambition for better
finances, social positions, and recognition, but sometimes we
forget that the Lord has given us these lives that we cherish.
When I find myself striving for success, I have to ask myself:
Am I putting my time to good use? Am I really living as if this
were my last day? These and other questions help transform
my thinking. God, who is rich in mercy, gives us opportunities again and again to repent of our wrongdoings and
foolishness. When we do so, we can feel reborn.
Prayer: Dear God, remind us that you are the one who gives
us life. And help us to cherish each day that you give us.
Wendy Orellana (Barquisimeto, Venezuela)
Prayer Focus: VICTIMS OF TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS
— Ephesians 5: 15-16 (NRSV)
Thought for the Day
Each day of life is a sacred
gift from God.