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“Be very careful, then, how you live — not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.”  (Ephesians 5:15-16, NIV)

Some team sports practice a “two-minute drill” in hopes of making every second count in game day situations where time is short but scoring opportunities exist.

Paul encourages us to maintain a similar attitude in all of our living: Wisely “making the most of every opportunity,” because evil opposes us.

The eventual defeat of our opponent, the devil, is certain.  However, seasons are comprised of games, and games are comprised of plays.

Do all that you can — employing the wisdom that God freely offers — to make the most of every “play” to advance all that is good and holy; and to push-back the evil one and his misdeeds.

None of us knows how much time remains on the clock — either for the game, or for us.  Therefore, take advantage of every opportunity.  – Luther


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“Don’t use foul or abusive language.  Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.”  (Ephesians 4:29, NLT)

Researchers estimate that the average person speaks 16,000 words a day.

Each day, of course, has its own frustrations.  When challenged, do we go with the flow; cursing the situation or heaping abuse on others?  Or, do we choose words that create an island of hope and encouragement for others in the midst of the currents of hopelessness and discouragement?

How many of your 16,000 words today will you allocate to bring light, life, refuge, and encouragement to those who hear you?  – Luther

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