Alert and Alive

Staying alert is an essential part of life. Whether we’re driving, parenting, speaking to someone, posting on social media or a thousand other things, being awake and aware in regard to what we’re doing is of fundamental importance. A little inattention or dullness can be the difference between good and bad decisions, hurting or helping someone and sometimes, even life and death.

We’re currently in a period where staying alert seems especially needful. After many weeks of sheltering in, most of us live in places that have reopened to some degree. With new-found (or newly restored) freedom there’s always the temptation to go overboard. Think about when a teen gets their driver’s license. Have you ever noticed how many of them rise to creative heights in coming up with reasons why they need to take the car somewhere? As their parents can tell you, not every trip they propose is a good idea and their initial eagerness has to be reined in. Someone has to be alert.

When God provided manna for Israel, they were to gather and eat it the same day. Freed from concern about food, some ignored the rules and tried to stash extra manna for the following day (perhaps so they could sleep in). The next morning, the manna they had saved had a terrible odor and was full of maggots! After that, they were more attentive in following instructions.

Alertness enriches our existence as well as the lives of those around us. It means we’re more aware, which translates into more alive. As you comb through the ministry of Jesus, you’ll notice how He stayed alert to people, circumstances and opportunities. He was conscious of and responsive to the world around Him.

Let's live that way!

"Wake up, sleeper,

rise from the dead,

and Christ will shine on you."

Be very careful, then, how you live—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. (Ephesians 5:14-17)

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