Walking in Wisdom
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. (Ephesians 5:15-17 ESV)
There is a viral video circulating of a young man in New York who is perfecting ‘Dance Walking Fitness’. He just walks around NYC jiving to his iPod and engaging strangers, enticing them to join him on the embarrassing/inspiring jaunt. I watched the YouTube clip and wondered how I would react if invited. Would I cast off my self-consciousness and break loose for a bit of fun and exercise, or would I cross the road to avoid him? I can’t say for sure. I’m a bit of an introvert, but also admire those who can take a bunch of busy, self-important New Yorkers and manage to have them interact and cut the rug – or the sidewalk – forgetting their agendas and busyness if only for a block or two.
As Christians, we are to make the best use of our time here on this earth. And Ephesians tells us that we are to look carefully how we walk, so as to be wise and not foolish.
Lately, one of the most foolish things I do is when I hit the bed after a long day and realize I hadn't interacted with a stranger or even a mere acquaintance. That I didn't leave the comfort zone of my cubicle. That I didn't leave the fragrance of Jesus on anyone.
I’m not saying that we are to grab random people off the sidewalk and dance with them, but I am just wondering ‘what if’ we were to live the way Jesus did; he was always present for those around Him. He saw Zacchaeus up in the tree, felt the woman touch the hem of his garment, and was aware and had compassion on the needs around him.
What if we were to take our eyes off ourselves and our smart phone screens long enough to make eye contact and to connect with those around us . . . and actually smile or say hi? I think we could really start something. Like a conversation. Or a friendship. Or a transformation in someone’s life when we share the love of Christ.
Lord, help us to walk in wisdom today, with a spring in our step . . . joyfully engaging those around us.