Opportunities (a.k.a, God’s Abundant Life, lesson 2)

Yesterday the Holy Spirit led me to this passage and it was so timely.

 

Ephesians 5:1-15

 1 Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children 2 and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

3 But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. 4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. 5 For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.[a] 6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. 7 Therefore do not be partners with them.

8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) 10 and find out what pleases the Lord. 11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. 12 It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. 13 But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. 14 This is why it is said:

“Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”

15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.

 

(no wonder God tells us in John 14:26 that He will send the Holy Spirit as our counselor to remind us of His promises!)

The last verse, especially, spoke to me and that’s why I have it bolded above.  Very often I mother in survival mode – just trying to make it.  But God calls me to more than that.  I am to make the most of every moment with my children – to bring them up as men and women of God.  There is much evil in the world and if I am not actively working against that influence in my kids’ lives, then that evil can influence them very easily.

As parents we cannot be apathetic.  We cannot be indifferent.  We cannot be passive.

When my kids were infants and toddlers, I looked at the years ahead that I would have with them and it felt like an eternity.  No longer.  Those years are passing by much too quickly – and soon they will be gone.

Make the most of every opportunity, of every morning, every afternoon, every mealtime, of every bedtime.  Each moment is precious.

Will we as moms have moments where we feel desperate to get away?  Yes.  Moments that we cannot wait to end?  Yes.  Moments that are complete failures and serious screw-ups?  Yes.  And that’s ok.  I am determined not to dwell on feeling guilty about those.

Just every once in a while I am determined to come back and center myself on God’s fabulous calling – to raise these children of His to know Him and love Him and serve Him for their whole lives.  To focus myself on God.

And try again to make the most of every opportunity.

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