Be careful how you live

Never giving up in our pursuit of wise living

My daily scripture reading today led me to this verse in a letter written to the church in Ephesus, probably around 60 AD:

Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. (Ephesians 5:15–16, NIV)

It made me think about how wisely I’m living my life. Am I being careful – full of care – about how I live, seeking to make good decisions, seizing the opportunities that come my way, and resisting those that would lead me off-track?

The answer, as probably is true for most of us, is: not always. Whether it be in how I’m spending my time and money, or what I eat, or how I parent my girls, or treat my wife, or do my job, or look out for my friends and family, or how I interact on social media – I don’t always get it right.

Not always getting it right is inevitable. But wisdom is about being self-aware enough to choose to think about the impact of our choices before we make them. It’s very easy, in the moment, to shut out thinking about consequences and get caught up in the here and now.

We lose it with our kids and start shouting at them. We start ranting and raving on Twitter. We get caught up in conversations that would be best avoided. We waste money on things we really don’t need.

Wise living is a more reflective path of living. We slow ourselves down enough to avoid getting caught out in the moment. To be clear, I’m preaching to myself here. I have so much room for growth and continue to be frustrated when I repeat mistakes.

Of course, temptation wouldn’t be temptation if it wasn’t tempting! But that said, I get disappointed with myself when I fail to slow down enough to make a reflective, wise choice.

I’m determined though to keep seeking the path of wisdom. The thing about personal development is that there’s no point of arrival. It’s a life-long, continual commitment to keep improving.

Despite my many stumbles, I choose to keep learning, growing, and becoming all that I can be.

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