Be wise in your ways

Good morning everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Enjoy the journey by redeeming the time”
Our Bible verse for today: “The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways, but the folly of fools is deception.” Proverbs 14:8 (NIV)
Our thought for today; “Be wise in your ways”
This morning I want us to continue our thinking from yesterday about making good choices regarding how we use our time. We have to prioritize the options before us and the things that are being asked of us, choose the ones that are most important to us, and then say “no” to the others.
We have also been considering the wisdom of redeeming the time by living in the moment (or fully embracing and fully enjoying each moment) without being stuck in the past or being excessively concerned about the future. We should learn from the past, enjoy the present, and plan for the future.
In Proverbs 14:8 Solomon urged us to be wise by giving thought to our ways. This applies to big decisions and to little ones. For instance, are you developing the career you really want to have so you will spend your days doing something you enjoy? That’s big. Or, will your eating and exercise habits result in the kind of health you want to have, now and later in life? Those are small choices made repeatedly, meal-to-meal, but with long-term implications. Are your interactions with people today helping to build strong relationships that will last for tomorrow? Will the way you practice your faith result in lifelong spiritual maturity?  Moment by moment, day by day, options have to be considered and choices have to be made, many of which will have long-term implications.  
We can’t engage in every activity with every person who asks us, and we can’t choose every option and walk every path. If we try too, we will not be making good use of our time and we certainly will not be fully embracing and enjoying each moment of life. We will instead be scattered and stressed as we allow ourselves to be pulled in multiple directions by multiple people. And many of those directions will turn out to have been wrong, or at least, less than the best.
Choices are called for. Decisions have to be made. Solomon’s word for all of us is, “Be prudent. Be thoughtful. Make good choices. Be wise in your ways”.
God bless,
Pastor Jim
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