“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her. Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.” (Ephesians 5:15-16, 21-22, 25 and 6:1, NIV 1984).
My Musings – As we confront the incredible challenges of a worldwide pandemic, we also are presented with a tremendous opportunity. Much has been made over the years of the breakdown of the family unit and the negative impact that it has had on our culture. Families that have drifted apart are suddenly thrust back together as it has become necessary to shelter in place.
Making the Most of Every Opportunity – A favorable situation for a positive outcome. I know few would think the situation we find ourselves in is favorable. But it can be in terms of growing closer together as a family. Let’s make “the most of [this] opportunity.“
Wives Submit to Your Husbands – To yield to the authority, control, or choice of another. Another term that is usually thought of in negative terms. Typically because it is viewed as something that is involuntarily forced upon the one who is submitting. Yet, in reality, the one who is submitting is yielding voluntarily “as to the Lord.” Presumably our of love, respect and honor. Key ingredients of a healthy marriage.
Husbands [Sacrificially] Love Your Wives – To surrender or give up, or permit injury or disadvantage to, for the sake of something or someone else. While this is not explicitly stated in the above text, it is implicit. How else would one describe the type of love Christ had for the Church?
Children Obey Your Parents – To follow commands or guidance. The text says “in the Lord.” So the example is how Christ was obedient to the Father.
Being together as a family during this type, does not necessarily equate to togetherness. But if we adhere to Biblical principles, we can indeed make the most of this opportunity, and in the process, makes these days less evil one family at a time.
My Advice – As we shelter with our families, let’s remember those, who through no choice of their own are alone. A parent, singles, widows and widowers. A timely call can make their days less long and lonely.