“…Be very careful, then, how you live—’not as unwise but as wise,’ making the most of every opportunity, because…”

We humans are a peculiar lot (along with Daffy Duck).  Our salvation is given to us on a silver platter, and we… basically, are too ‘foolish’ to realize God’s Precious Gift waiting on us.  Paul tells us in Ephesians 5:1-20 Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient.  Therefore do not be partners with them.

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.  It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. This is why it is said:

“Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”

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.   Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit.  Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Life is a series of “choices.”  Rather it involves eating healthy food, living a healthy life-style, hanging around the right people, living a morally-good life,  selecting the right employment,  or… choosing the right marriage partner…. choices… choices, and more choices.  It’s ‘not rocket science.’  For most of us… making the right choice(s) is not that difficult.  The hard part is being CONSISTANT, COMMITTED, and FAITHFUL to our choices.  God has given us ‘all the right skill-sets’ to make those correct choices.  We KNOW the right thing to do!!

One criteria that I have found that helps me make the right choice is my… comfort-zone.  If it’s COMFORTABLE, or painless… then it is likely the wrong choice.  If it’s EASY, or effortless, then it is likely the wrong choice.   If it must be done in seclusion…WOW… then, it very likely… is the WRONG choice.  And, as a wise friend once told me… if I thought JESUS would APPROVE, then… it would be the proper, correct, and wise…choice.  What would Jesus do?


About Charles Brooks

who is originally from Miami, Fla., moved to SC, holds two degrees from the University of SC. His business background is primarily in Real Estate Development (Motels, Hotel, Office Buildings, Restaurants, Residential) and Business Consulting. He currently is Managing Director of Brooks, Baker, Lehman & Kohlhepp - Investors in Real Estate and Mining, and has other business interests under the umbrella of Brooks Properties. FULL-TIME-MINISTRY: Fully engaged in spreading the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ, with an emphasis on the Business Community.


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