Ephesians 3:15-16 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.
Last night I watched a program. It referred to "stealing time" when a person spends their time at work on personal things or surfing the internet. We are held to a higher standard than the "norm" that says we have a right to check email, read blogs and it is a must to check Facebook or twitter, ect.
Good thing for me, I don't "work" outside the home. Oh, you know what happened then. The Holy Spirit breezed in and said "this is what I'm talking about. I sent this to you so you could fully understand what I'm trying to do in you."
So of course I've mulled it over, fell asleep and forgot. Not to be forgotten long, for I read my daughter her devo for the morning and low and behold these verses above and the need to spend my time wisely was the charge of the day.
I need to be careful. I need to be wise. I need to make the most out of every opportunity. I need to strive for excellence (not perfection). Because the days are evil! I need to be careful! Be wise! Make the most of every opportunity because the evil is waiting to lure to not be excellent, not be wise, not be careful, not make the most out of every opportunity.
Now my girl has returned to school, it is like New Year's for me. A time I reflect on what I did last year and what I want to do this year. A time to do __________ that I put off over the summer so I could devote my time to my girl (yes, cleaning bathrooms were on that list, I'm sorry to say).
A week or so before school started, God made it clear I was putting to much preference on TV watching and if I continued as I was going, all those things I wanted to catch up on and the study I needed to do would be lost because of TV. I'm also distracted by the internet surfing.
So the message last night sunk in. I'm stealing time away from God when I spend it on things I want, not on the good stuff He's given me. I'm not so careful when I pursue information that is not needed (what is a best-boy grip anyway?). I'm not wise when I plan to get a lot done then devote the morning to reading blogs and facebook and I'm definitely not making the most of my time. I'm not being excellent.
This isn't to say all internet use is stealing or wrong. You know in your heart when you've crossed the line. You know when you need to shut off the TV, game or whatever that is distracting you from doing what God is calling you to do that day - clean your house, do the laundry, seek Me in my word. Praise Me with music, with the cry of your prayers. You won't be disappointed and you won't feel empty and you'll have accomplished the work before I've set before you.