The Christian Public Servant – “how will you spend your time”

July 19, 2017 – Wednesday

Ephesians 5:15-17 [ESV] Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

I always approach my evenings with the same good intentions. I plan to study my Bible, read the paper or a good book, spend time with my wife and kids, and maybe watch a bit of TV. On Wednesday night, of course, there is church supper. I leave work looking forward to these activities.

Yet, unfortunately, it’s difficult to do the things I look forward to doing. I find myself either distracted by the news on TV or consumed by the work I bring home. Suddenly I realize the entire evening is sort of, well, wasted.

As a Christian public servant, I have a responsibility to understand how the Lord wants me to spend my time – at work and when I get home. Consequently, I need to make sure that work life does not bleed too much into home life. To do so would be a selfish use of my time because it would not honor the will of my Lord.

After work tonight, how will you spend your time? Will you spend it glorifying the Lord with the Word and with family? Will you be blessed with time to help your son with homework? Blessed with time to go to your daughter’s soccer game – without using your IPhone? Will the church supper be a part of your plan?

So after work, how will you spend your time? Do not be foolish. Understand what the Lord wants. Know the days are evil.

Dear Lord, help me treat my time preciously and judiciously so that I may honor You by always following Your will. In Your name, I pray. Amen.

Paul Theroux, MPA
Maintenance Program Manager
Naval Base Norfolk
U.S. Department of Defense
Norfolk, Virginia USA

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