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I Quit Devotion Day Five

Ephesians 5:15-17

“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.”

What are you doing right now?

Ok, I know you’re reading this devotion – what are you doing next? This may seem like a silly question, but the answer can say a lot about what you value.

If you’re like most people, you’re getting ready for work or school. If you’re a stay-at-home mom, you’re always at work 🙂

Many of us spend our days prioritizing and re-prioritizing the many tasks that come at us from our co-workers, boss, children, and friends. Some of these things are important; some are not. Have you ever stopped to think about that? Which items on your ever-growing to-do list should simply be cut out? If you think about it, you might be surprised to find most of them could or should be cut out and will have very little effect.

The renowned leadership expert John Maxwell puts it this way, “You cannot overestimate the unimportance of practically everything.”

You see, it’s all about wisdom. God wants us to be wise with the resources He has given us. And the most valuable, irreplaceable commodity we have is our time. Ephesians 5 says we should MAKE THE MOST of it and not act thoughtlessly. That’s so weighty because the last phrase of that passage says, “…understand what the Lord wants you to do.”

THIS IS HUGE. Only when we slow down, step back and evaluate what we are and are not doing and what things we should stop doing can we take advantage of the GREAT opportunities that God sends us.

So remember this.

Slow down. Step Back. Evaluate. Then proceed.

– Pastor Anthony

Anthony McCormick is the Worship Arts Pastor at The Journey and lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with his wife of almost ten years and their 4.5 year old daughter Charlie who has recently started preschool and is well on her way to taking the world by storm.