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 have thought about this since this morning when God so gently suggested that I memorize it.
Thoughts of how I have lived my life so far - careful or careless? Sadly, not as careful as I would have liked. For every step I have made, there was an opportunity for something good or something bad to happen. The apostle Paul says in this verse, "Be VERY careful...." It sounds like a warning to me, screaming like a big flashing yellow light, "CAUTION!" How many times have I just taken the next step without thinking of how it would affect me, or others, or especially "What is God's desire for me here?"
Realization came heavy for me today that every step should be taken with a serious amount of precision. There are consequences for taking the wrong step. Boy, have I learned that one the hard way. "The days are evil" does not sound like a petty threat to me. There are traps and landmines and pitfalls ready to swallow me whole if I make a move without careful thought and God's direction.
I pray that I will learn how better to make the most of every opportunity, that fewer of those opportunities will be lost to not having taken them at all. And my goal? To avoid making unwise choices where my foot is planted in the wrong place!
And I thought it was just a short little verse that might be easy to memorize...maybe so...but it will take the rest of my life to live it out.
Being careful, very careful,