Walking as wise - making the best use of the time (Ephesians 5:15-16)

"Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil." - Ephesians 5:15-16

I've been annoyingly busy. Turns out grad school in another language is every bit as intimidating as you would think it is. I'm struggling just to keep up in class - epecially the classes where I have to give a speech for a half an hour. It's a lot easier to listen than it is to talk, because if you miss a word it doens't affect a whole lot.

So today I was processing taking another class I'll probably be required to take but don't really have the energy for. I was thinking about how someday when I'm done with this degree (keep in mind I've been in class 2 weeks) I'll finally have time to spend just doing my ministry and how easy would that be? How much more relaxing would it be to not have to do homework.

And then I'm reminded of my calling. And how pursuing this degree is one of the only ways I have hope of achieving what I think I'm called to do. So really, this is part of my ministry. It's an amazing opportunity and I keep going back and forth between being super excited about it and then being completely overwhelmed by it. But the days will go on... and if I can keep my head together for even a year and half things will mostly have fallen in place.

It's hard to make best use of my time. It's hard to be wise in the way I walk. Often the wise way is the opposite of the comfortable way - even in our ministry. Annoyingly the wise way is the painful way for a while, or the hard work way.

God give us patience and wisdom to go where you'd have us and succeed at what you call us to. Your will be done in our lives, in our time.