Treading Water

When I was on the swim team in my high school years, we spent a lot of time treading water. It helped us to build endurance. In a sense, with this C virus, we are treading water.
I made a list of my activities. On the left side are the things I do that bear fruit. The right side is another list, some are time wasters. The lists help me prioritize.
In treading water, the mind is free. Should something dangerous approach in the water, the mind would be occupied. What occupies your mind while you are treading water? Ephesians 5:15 says, “See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise.” Circumspectly means cautiously and carefully. It is a word of alertness.
Proverbs 11:30 says, “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise.” As you tread water, I encourage you to pray for every one you personally know that is not a believer. Then pray for those you don’t know.
As we continue in this worldwide crises, there are folks who are physically hungry. The breadwinner of the family can’t work, so there is no money to buy food. Others are grieving the loss of their loved ones.
Ephesians 5:16 says, “Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” Years ago my pastor wrote me a little note. I refer to it often. It says, “Seize the opportunity during the lifetime of the opportunity.”
What are you doing to seize this opportunity of a lifetime? I encourage you to evaluate how you are spending your time as you tread water. Write notes of encouragement, pray, and make phone calls. Seize this time with intentional steps. Set aside your agenda to embrace others in their needs. Let us fill our days in being about the Father’s business.

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