I can turn down donuts fairly easily but I have a weakness for apple fritters. I can tell myself that they are “healthier” having apple in them. But in fact they do not differ much from the donut, being deep fat fried cake batter. The word, “fritter,” comes from the French word for fried. However, there is another meaning to the word, “fritter,” as in the saying, “to fritter away.” This is when we gradually squander or waste time or money.
Today’s verse stresses the importance of making the most of every opportunity. Doing so makes us wise. When we fritter away the day or the week, we assume there will be many more ahead of us. But the days are evil and life can be cut short. However, missed opportunities are not an issue for the believer who is carefully living to please Him and do His will (verse 17). In being filled with His Spirit (verse 18) we can make the most of our days.
Making the most of today may involve doing absolutely nothing and “recharging my batteries.” I do not have to worry that I am frittering away anything if I am closely following what He wants for me today. He knows when I need to slow down and when I can speed up. He places those opportunities to serve Him squarely in my path, and gives me the motivation to, “fulfill His good purpose.” (Phil. 2:13) I only have this one life to offer Him. When I come to the end of it, I do not want to have any regrets over missed opportunities.
Help me Lord, to live wisely today.