Dear Church Family,
Our passage today comes from Ephesians 5:
“Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil.”—verses 15-16
We have blinked and a month of the new year has disappeared. Those promises we made to act differently this year, to live differently, to think differently, those promises may not be holding up as we head for February. This is the ongoing question for those who want to be wise and faithful: how do I make a real and lasting change in my life when I keep faltering in my efforts?
This passage in Ephesians is such a practical answer to our question. The author tells us to make the most of the time. Another way to translate this is to say we should “redeem the time” and that is where the practical help lies. If we are to redeem the time we have then, yes, we are to use it as well as we can but there is a second piece. When we falter we can still redeem the time.
By starting again.
However many times it takes and however often it is. In starting again, in renewing the promise to make a change again, we not only use our time well but we can redeem the falter that came before.
This is how we will become wise and faithful; not by getting it right all the time, not by never faltering. We will become wise by starting again. No matter the falter or even the fall, we redeem that time by renewing our promise to ourselves and our promise to God. As January slips into memory do not spend your time on how you have faltered. Spend it on how you will begin again.
Prayer: Lord of all, our times are in your hands. Help us to redeem the time we have been given and, in your time, make us wise. Help us not linger on what we cannot change but renew our focus on what, with your help, we can become. In your name we pray. Amen.