There are behaviors that come natural to us like impurity, idolatry, hostility, jealousy and even sexual misbehavior. While these words make us uncomfortable to use and we’d certainly never wish to say we battle with such, they are normal behaviors which are very hard to overcome. To change such behavior requires one to replace them with new behaviors. It’s like becoming a new person.
So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days.
Scripture implies that it’s natural for one not to pay careful attention to how one lives. That means it’s natural, normal, common to fall prey to living lives where following normal patterns and behaviors lead to unintended results in one’s life. Therefore, it is important for us to be careful and make the most of every opportunity.
Lord, help me turn my attention away from normal unwise living to living a life like those who are wise. Help me become like those who pay attention to what’s natural and make the necessary changes to live a lifestyle of wisdom.
(What action based on your prayer can you take?):
I take note of every natural behavior and I evaluate it so that I’m not living like a fool, but as a person who is wise.
For more on this topic, see “Using Normal Behaviors to Drive Uncommon Behaviors.”
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