Something we ask your teenagers regularly in our Student Ministry actiongroup is a simple question Andy Stanley pulled from a letter the apostle Paul wrote to the Ephesians.
What is the wise thing to do?
In light of my past, in light of my present circumstances, and in light of my future hopes and dreams, what is the wise thing to do? In light of what’s going on in your family, what is the wise thing to do? In light of what has happened at work, what is the wise thing to do. In light of what I’m going through this week, what is the wise thing to do? In light of where I want to be by the end of the year, what is the wise thing to do.
I encourage you to read all of Ephesians Chapter 5. Just before the verses below Paul talks that as Christians we are to be lights in the world. So in light of how Jesus lived, what is the wise thing to do? Asking these kind of questions before your make decisions helps you consider bigger things than just yourself, and that moment in time! So don’t be foolfish! And in honor of the “singing and making melody with your heart”, I leave you a song your Future and Your Past.
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ. (Ephesians 5:15-21 ESV)