On the last Sunday of 2013, Rev. Louis R. Blakey, Jr. preached at New Canaan Worship Center in Richmond, Virginia. Pastor Blakey preached from Ephesians 5:15-17 where Paul gave the church at Ephesus three ways to live.
"Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is."
Pastor Blakey says there are 8,760 hours in a year. From the above three verses, he gave us three ways to live and use the hours wisely.
- Our time on earth is limited. Therefore, be careful how you live. Younger people think they have a lot of time, and older people wonder where the time went. Value the time you have because the next moment is not promised to you.
- Make the most of every opportunity since your time is limited and the days are evil. Time is precious, so stop "wasting time" and stop "spending time." Either we are looking backward on the past or looking forward to the future. Let's make the most of every opportunity, and don't let things get in the way.
- Understand what God's will is. God's will is God's word. Find out what God's will is for you. Establish priorities and decide where God stands in your life. Schedule time each day and read God's word to find out what He is saying to you. Spend time with your family, and invite God into your workplace.
Pastor Blakey ended his last sermon of 2013 (with the exception of Watch Night Sermon) with an Irish proverb that says:
May you have enough happiness to keep you sweet,
Enough trials to keep you strong,
Enough sorrow to keep you human,
Enough failure to keep you humble,
Enough success to keep you eager,
Enough friends to give you comfort,
Enough wealth to meet your needs,
Enough enthusiasm to look forward,
Enough faith to banish depression,
Enough determination to make each day better than yesterday.
May you have enough.