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The Days are Evil…

Ephesians 5:16  #SundayABD

I love Ephesians.  That is one book of the Bible I can read and smile and lift my hand and say, “Yes LAWD!”

This scripture was on my heart today.  It’s actually Ephesians 5:16 and it says:

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

These verses say to us some key elements of living:

  1.  Be wise
  2. Make the most of your time
  3. The days are evil

I wanted to deconstruct and reconstruct today and that’s what I’m doing here.  This post is short and sweet.

Be wise.

Do not rush into decision making.  Oh friends this can be that one time of year we are so frazzled that we throw our hands up and say, OK I don’t care just do it.  Then an hour or day or week later we are so angry that we gave in.

Go slow.  Do not give into the questionable demands.  Make any and all decisions only after you think them over rationally.

Be wise with your tongue.  Y’all yesterday I was not wise with my tongue and I forgot that whole, Not Today Satan thing.  I was pushed to a point and then I exploded.  The words I said probably made Sailors blush.  Anger, frustration, and possibly a tiny bit of hatred came running out of my mouth like an evil freak parade.  Like the analogy with the toothpaste – we cannot ever engulf the words we vomited out.  Our tongues are weapons and we must keep the safety on and think very hard  before we ever pull the trigger.

Be wise with your time.

I cannot ever seem to relax.  I cannot take time to sit down and just be.  My mind races 24/7.  However, I know that I need rest.  I need to take a random block of time and just sit and be.  It’s just the same with work.  I know that from the hours of 8:30-2:00 I need to be at work.  And for my body and mind I know I need a minimum of forty-five minutes of intense workouts.  I also know my children need me and I cannot put them on my list at number five or six.  They are in my top four.  The same goes for your spouse and your friends.  Be wise with how you spend your time.  Do not let the bad stuff steal you away from what you need to give your time to.  The computer isn’t going anywhere and neither is the phone.  Put them down.

The days are evil.

If you ask my husband then he will tell you living with two females can be a daunting task.  The days with us can be a nightmare especially from mid month to nearly the end of the month (if you catch my flow, pun intended.)

Every day brings challenges, temptation, and the chance to be a heathen.  Now, mind you, I often jump at the chance to be a heathen but I like to be a silly one who brings a smile instead of an evil one trying to wreck your life.

We live on the earth with other humans.  Not every person is out to spread joy or cheer us on.  Some people will make you the target for their pain or problem.  Though we can choose 99% of who are around on the daily basis it can be that 1% that we cannot choose who can do damage to our spirit.

Every day brings an experience unlike the day before.  I wish they were all good ones.  But they aren’t and like I tell my kids – we have to make sure we go into each day with our eyes wide open, hearts soft, and minds ready.

Keep your eyes open for what could harm you and what is beautiful and be careful to never mix the two.

Keep your heart soft so you can be sure to act on kindness, compassion, and empathy.

Keep your minds ready so you can think fast and think smart.  Bringing back the old adage WWJD?  But also being able to realize a situation is not good and being able to step away or noticing that someone needs some kindness and giving them grace.

Battle the evil with strength and wisdom.

Battle this Thursday with grace.

xo

Amanda

 

 

6 thoughts on “The Days are Evil…”

  1. OH MY GOSH! I LOVE Ephesians. Like, geek out over Ephesians! I love this verse and I love this post! Everything about it! I wish I could high five you!

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  2. I need this type of BibleEd101 – and you are BRILL at breaking it down. I come from a tradition that doesn’t really explain it properly – so thanks for this! x

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      1. I was baptised RC but am now starting to attend C of E and I love seeing you and other Americans reading and interpreting and using devotionals – it is helping me see religion in a different way. You interpretation is great! J x

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      2. I love it! I know American culture with spirituality is very different and quite diverse! I think I’m going to add these posts into my weekly mix. You inspire me to! XO

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