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‘Be very careful then, how you live – not as unwise, but as wise, making the most of every opportunity’ – Ephesians 5, verse 15
Has someone called out to you: ‘Look out! Look where you are going’? Perhaps this was said as a warning to prevent a collision, or as good advice when walking or travelling.
We do need to have an awareness that reaches beyond ourselves, both in what we are doing and the things that we are facing. Our lives need a sense of watchfulness about them.
Never has there been a greater need for people to pray and think carefully – about how we are living, how we are affecting each other, how we are looking after the world and its resources.
We must look beyond ‘fake news’ and destructive hidden agendas. We must also look out for signs of the positive and the good and encourage them to grow, as we travel thankfully along life’s journey.
We can easily be overcome by the negatives presented to us, but each day has opportunities to enable us to live together in a better way. We can accept each day’s ‘diet’ (our daily bread) as it comes, watching where we are going but also remembering that the Spirit of God is at work in the world too – waiting to show the way to abundant life.
As we approach Easter, we remember especially that God sent Jesus not only to show us how to live but to die for us too, revealing His costly love and care for us.
God, our pain-bearer, longs to help us to live wisely and well, to journey with him each day, ‘looking out’ to see where we can bring His caring and healing love.
Rev Carol Leech