May 19 - We Have A Choice To Be Foolish Or Wise

By Barbara Lighthizer

Today's Scripture: Proverbs 15:21

Central Thought: Using time wisely shows good judgment.

    Our Scripture gives a picture of two types of people: one who foolishly takes no thought about the results of his actions, and one who keeps his focus on what's important, understanding the results will be rewarding. One way to determine which category describes us is to determine how we spend our time.

    As Christians, we try to lead our lives according to the teachings of the Lord and to fulfill our responsibilities, but do we consider what God wants us to do with our leisure time? We need to rest and relax, but most of us have chunks of time that we waste, and the number one offender is television.

    Procrastination is a perfect partner with time wasters. We foolishly allow ourselves to be lulled into a sense that there will be time tomorrow. God tells us in Scripture we only have today. He wants us to enjoy the fruits of our labor, but we need to use good judgment in scheduling time to do what God has laid on our hearts.

    Time is a gift from God and the most precious asset we have, but it's the one we throw away without thinking twice. It's tragic to come to the last hours of life and to have regret about wasted years. We need to ask the Lord to help us set goals that will keep us focused, and to have the commitment to change habits that steel our time.

Devotional Prayer: Lord, please help me to set goals for my life that are pleasing to You, and to remember I am accountable to You for how I use my time.

Today's Bible Reading: I Samuel 24:1-25:44; John 10:22-42; Psalm 116:1-19; Proverbs 15:20-21