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See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise.” (Ephesians 5:15 NKJV)


One day early in marriage, my wife Pauline planned a surprise for me, I came home from work to an unexpected situation. A group from church greeted me with, “Surprise! Happy Birthday.”                                           

I was not ready, and all I could say was, “But my basketball team has a game tonight.” I only stuck around a short time, and then I left to play in the game.                                                                                                

After the game and sometime later I saw how I had hurt my wife’s feelings and I also realized her extensive preparations, which I didn’t recognize at the time. I had to re-evaluate my priorities and admitted this much to her, I had made a poor decision. The team could easily do without me for one game, but my marriage needed to last a lifetime. I should have made a phone call to the team and enjoyed my party.                                                                     

Reflecting on this incident I thought of Ephesians 5:15. Living wisely means I need to meet with Him daily and fulfill all my obligations to my family, my work, and myself. All needs must be taken care of. I cannot neglect any. Only then can I address my wants.


God, I have so many things to do

And to Your Word I must be true

Help me to choose each day

The things to do to live Your way.


What I need to do takes precedence over what I want to do.