Ephesians 5:16 NLT - " Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days."
A good question to ask as you face a difficult situation or a difficult decision you have to make is, "What's the most important thing to do anyway?" I just faced this a few minutes before sitting down to write this. I noticed a young woman getting out of a car and starting to walk down the alley next to our house. She looked kind of down and depressed as it was but I noticed she was carrying a can of soda. She dropped the can, seemingly accidentally, and looked down as if she was wondering to retrieve it before all the contents emptied out. But she just kept walking and left the can in the alley. First thought came to my mind set the pace for what I did: I thought she must really be down about something. Even though it was lacking in courtesy that she just left the can in the alley, I thought, "What's most important here, anyway?" Should I go out and confront her about her littering the neighborhood, or, should I pray for her instead? I knew by the time I got outdoors she would be far enough down the alley that I would have to yell to get her attention. So, I prayed for her and then picked up the can myself and threw it away.
How many times do we stop and ask God to guide us in what's really important when we're not sure what to do? Our Daily Verse speaks about "making the most of every opportunity." In the illustration mentioned above I could have confronted this young woman and criticized her for her careless attitude about littering and making somebody else clean up her mess. But, would that have been the best decision? For me the answer was to give her a break, recognize she's already upset about something and don't add to her depression by scolding her for her bad manners. She needed my prayers instead. I noticed where she lived and began asking God how to have a good witness to her and whoever else is in her life.
Our verse today should give us good reason to think about what really matters. Trash on the floor or litter in our neighborhoods is not nearly as important as dealing with the hurts in people's lives and the failures so many face. More than our criticism they really need our love and understanding. Helping a person to get things right with the Lord will allow Him to work in them and lead them to change other areas of their lives as well. Let's make every opportunity God allows in our lives to be an opportunity to please Him and bless the lives of others.