Live Responsibly

Recently, I was listening to an ad on the radio for Miller Light Beer.  At the end of the ad, when the announcer is speaking a thousand miles an hour to get all the important information in, I was suprized  by the last line he spoke….live responsibly.  I am used to beer companies telling me to drink responsibly in their ads, but not to live responsibly.

It is good advice, borrowed from the apostle Paul in his letter to the Ephesians.  In chapter 5, he wrote:

 "Be very careful, then, how you liveā€”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. Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ" (Eph 5:15-21, NIV).

My desire this coming year is not to make a number of resolutions to read so many books, or save so much money, or any other numeric goal, but my desire this year is to live responsibly before the Lord.  If I make a commitment to live each day responsibly before the Lord, many positive things can and will happen.  Living responsibly means eating well, spending wisely, giving generously, investing in people and relationships that matter, praying and studying so I am intimate with God and His son Jesus.  This will be accomplished by ensuring that I am willing to ask myself the most important question there is in each situation, "Is this the wise thing to do?".  If I live my life wisely and responsibly according to God's plan, then God will be able to accomplish much in and through me this year, as He will for each of us.