We headed out to play a round of golf the other afternoon. Yes, it was brutally hot and I agree it not the smartest thing I’ve ever done, but sometimes you just don’t make good decisions.  On the way out the words were clearly stated, “Be careful and stay hydrated.” Good wisdom to hear and lifesaving wisdom to heed.  “Be careful” that’s a parent’s mantra. It is both prescriptive and proscriptive.  And interestingly, Paul gives the folks at Ephesus the same advice, “Be careful how you live”.  Because how we choose to live matters and careful living points us on a faithful path.

The truth is that I’m getting a bit tired of being careful. I’m done with the cloth mask. It’s just irritating me now. I’m ready to venture out, share some laughs, drink some good wine with friends and yes get a haircut.  But I can’t dismiss the spike COVID-19 cases that has been reported. There is a noticeable outbreak of the virus and Pine Shores has been impacted. Thankfully, some are asymptomatic and for those who have symptoms, we continue to offer our support and assistance. They are being well cared for.

So I’ve been tarrying with this notion of living carefully.  How do I live carefully with a virus?  Let me be direct in saying that living carefully does not mean to live afraid. I am certain of that. There is truth that the fearful are too cautious and the too cautious become fearful.

Living carefully says hand washing with soap and water is the most effective way to eliminate contagion. Living carefully says people should use face masks to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.  Living carefully says people should not be within 6 feet of each other.  We know how to live carefully with a virus. We just need to keep choosing to live carefully.  Let’s continue to heed the Apostle Paul’s words a Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise” at least for a little while longer.

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 5:15-17
Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil. So do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”

Reflection Questions:
How do you live wisely at a time like this?
What is God willing in your life?
What foolish choices have you made?

Prayer: Holy God, you gifted me with a brain and expect me to live wisely. So when I tread toward foolishness interrupt me with a challenge from someone who cares about me.   Amen.

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