Have you ever looked up and wondered, What am I doing here? I remember having that feeling one dark night in London a couple of years ago. I had been out sightseeing that day. As I wandered around enjoying the sites, I looked up and realized it had suddenly gotten late, and it was a long journey back to my hotel. On my way back, I had to pass through a couple areas that were completely deserted and couldn’t help but think, If somebody decided to stop and “ask” for my wallet and passport, I’d be toast. How’d I get here anyway? (This may come as a shock, but superhero self-defense moves are not my forte.)
Recently I was reading in the book of Ephesians, and these words jumped out at me:
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil (5:15–16).
Those two verses brought up a question: “Where, and with whom, am I walking with the time I’ve been given?” My time isn’t always used like it should be. I don’t usually make decisions in life with the thought that today could be my last day. And the people surrounding me in life (whether through books, movies, magazines, or in person) aren’t always great folks (although I do have to give a shout-out to some great people the Lord has placed in my life).
We don’t plan to walk off the path in life that God’s marked before us and get lost in the woods of doubt, worry, pride, lust, distraction, and so much more. But at times it’s just so easy to step off the trail and become distracted by something other than using our time well for the Lord.
Here are three steps I’m taking to help me look more carefully how I walk. Join me!
1. Surround yourself with wise friends.
Proverbs 13:20 tells us that “whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.” There have been mountains of research done on how your friends influence you, and it’s a fact that you become like those you spend your time with. Plus good friends are great accountability. To walk through life well, surround yourself with wise friends.
2. Live every day like it’s your last.
Listen to Psalm 90:12: “So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” This idea might depress you. Instead, let it inspire you to live well, to keep short accounts, have no regrets, and let people see the love of Jesus shine through you! To walk through life well, live every day like it’s your last.
3. Remember, your life tells a story.
Proverbs 20:18 says, “Plans are established by counsel; by wise guidance wage war.”
With every little action in each moment of the day, you’re writing the story of your life. Imagine it as a book that will be opened and read, with everything you do written on the pages. Maybe that’s a slightly intimidating thought, but it’s true. Weigh each decision well, and even get input from wiser people than you when you need guidance.
Hopefully this has sparked some questions about how you’re walking through life. It’s been a big thought I’ve been chewing on lately, so now we can chew on it together. Let’s start now. What’s one area of your life where you need to readjust and begin walking wisely?