Do Something of Value Tonight
By Dennis & Barbara Rainey,
(c) 2003 Printed with
Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men, but as
wise, making the most of your time. Ephesians 5:15,16
(Part One) Driving home one night after work, I switched on the radio
to catch the news. In a moment of uncharacteristic
sincerity, the announcer made a statement that sliced
through my fog of fatigue: "I hope you did something of value today. You wasted a
whole day if you didn't."
His statement struck me abruptly. Fortunately, I felt pretty
good about how I had invested my time that day, solving some
of the problems of a swiftly growing organization. But in 10
minutes I would be home where one lovely lady and six pairs
of little eyes would need my attention.
Would I do something of value with them tonight?
It's just one night, I thought, and besides, I'm exhausted.
Then I pondered how one night followed by another, 365
times, adds up to a year. The nights and years seemed to be
passing with increasing velocity.
Five more minutes and I'd be home.
I'll bet there are other men like me who are really tired
right now. I'll bet I do better than average with my kids, I
But another question came to mind and lingered: Did God call
me to be merely a better-than-average husband and father? Or
to be obedient and to excel?
But it's just one night. What would I accomplish? Would I
waste it spending all evening in front of the television? Or
invest it in planting the seeds of a positive legacy?
I wanted just one evening of selfishness-to do my own thing.
But what if Barbara had a similar attitude? Then who would
carry the baton?
One more minute and I'd be home.
Just one night, Lord. It's just one night. But then the same
angel who wrestled Jacob to the ground pinned me with a half
nelson as I drove into the garage.
Okay, Lord, You've got me.
Discuss: Did you do something of value today? If you didn't,
you just wasted a whole day of your life.
Pray: Ask God to help you keep your priorities straight in
the midst of the pressure and schedule you face. Ask Him to
give you courage to do right.