“So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. 16Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. 17Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do” Ephesians 5:15-17 (NLT).

You only get one shot at this home-building thing. Only one. And time is not on your side.

Have you ever had that sickening feeling that the clock has started, the race is on… and you don’t even have your shoes on yet?

As a pastor, one dream I’ve had on more than a few occasions is that I wake up, forgetting what day is it, and then realizing to my horror that it’s Sunday and I’ve completely forgotten to prepare any notes or thoughts for the service that morning… I feel completely unprepared. That’s exactly how many young parents feel—waking up one day with the responsibility of parenthood, feeling utterly unprepared and panic-stricken, beginning this parenting journey.  

Think about it… From the moment you tenderly unwrap the blanket around your first baby after the trip home from the hospital, the nagging sense in the pit of your stomach hits you like a ton of bricks.  The hourglass has been upended. You have one chance at this.

That’s why the apostle Paul instructed the church in Ephesus to give careful attention to how they lived. In essence, he was saying, “Don’t be a fool! You better wise up! Now is the time to take advantage of the present, because once it’s gone—it’s gone! You can’t get it back! 

The CEV translates it this way: “Make every minute count. Don’t be stupid. Instead, find out what the Lord wants you to do.” 

Can you sense the urgency in Paul’s admonition? 

You may already have teenagers at home, and you’re thinking, “I’m afraid it’s too late for us to instill Christian character and biblical values in our children. We haven’t been intentional in teaching them how to follow Christ by themselves. We got into this game a little later than some. Is there anything we can do now?” 

I would answer by saying a resounding “YES!” for little is much when God is invited into the mix!

If you determine in your heart today to transform your home into a rock solid Christ-centered home… it will make all the difference in the world! God is the redeemer of time and opportunities wasted! Just give Him your very best TODAY! Don’t worry about past mistakes or missed opportunities. Be the very best steward of your present and future!

Don’t underestimate the power of Almighty God in the transformation process!

It can happen… and will happen… if you will only dedicate yourself as a parent, and if you will dedicate your children (or grandchildren), and your home to serving God’s purposes from this point on! Be intentional in growing your faith at home! 


Be WeirdGod wants our homes and our families to be weird. He wants us to be different from the rest of society. Why? Because normal isn’t working. Normal is broke. Normal is depressed. Normal is dysfunctional.

The dictionary defines weird as “involving or suggesting the supernatural; unearthly; archaic (marked by the characteristics of an earlier period)

From the Biblical text we see that God saved the entire human race because one of His faithful servants was different from the rest of His creation. We see this in the life of Noah.

“God saw that human evil was out of control. People thought evil, imagined evil—evil, evil, evil from morning to night. God was sorry that he had made the human race in the first place; it broke his heart. God said, “I’ll get rid of my ruined creation, make a clean sweep: people, animals, snakes and bugs, birds—the works. I’m sorry I made them.” But Noah was different. God liked what he saw in Noah.” Genesis 6:5-8 (Msg)

It’s okay to be a little different, a little weird. In fact, God likes it when we’re different from the rest of the world! It’s God-honoring to be weird!

One great example of this is Walt Disney:

  • Walt Disney was born in Chicago in 1901, the fourth son to Elias and Flora Disney.
  • Two years later, when his sister Ruth was born, his parents became “unsettled by the raucous, saloon-centered environment” their quaint little neighborhood had become.  So they decided to move to rural Missouri.
  • While growing into adulthood, Disney’s primary goal was to create an environment that was completely different from the rest of society.
  • He even called Walt Disney World “The Happiest Place on Earth.”  Not simply a happy place, or even one of the happiest places… but The happiest! For most homes… that’s weird!
  • Walt Disney knew that being weird was okay. In fact, being different was exactly what made his vision so attractive to so many people.
  • Listen to what Walt Disney said upon the opening of Disneyland in California:  “Disneyland is created to the ideals, the dreams and the hard facts which have created America… I don’t want the public to see the world they live in while they’re in Disneyland. I want them to feel they’re in another world.

Our Christ-centered homes should be weird, or different from the world in which we live. My prayer is that each one of our homes would be a safe-haven, a place of security, freedom, grace, unconditional love, etc., for ALL who cross our threshold!

Divine Interruptions

Before going any further, you need to read Acts 3 to fully appreciate the context of what you are about to read. Go ahead, grab a cup of coffee (or your beverage of choice) and check it out and come back to this page…  

OK, great. Now that you’ve read Acts 3, let’s proceed…

When reading this particular chapter recently in my devotions, I honestly had to pause for a moment and consider whether or not Peter and John, even for a split second, got just a little irritated with the lame beggar sitting outside of the Temple asking for money? I mean, working in a church environment we get calls all the time asking for financial assistance, which unfortunately we also have to decline more times than I care to admit, leaving me feeling just a little guilty each time. But, if I’m honest, these requests sometimes come at the worst times, usually interrupting me at the most inopportune moments. I mean, I’m a busy man. I’ve got a lot of work to do… Kingdom work at that. Don’t people know how busy I am? Sheesh! (OK, can you read into my sarcasm just a little?)

But I notice here in Acts 3, when Peter and John are confronted with a financial request, while on their way to worship, that they do not flinch, even for a second, but go straight to the real issue at hand. The lame beggar, more than needing a few dollars (which would help temporarily), really needed something much greater… healing in his body. 

So, Peter makes this incredibly bold statement: “I don’t have any silver or gold for you. But I’ll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, get up and walk!”

There’s three things that really stuck out to me here:

  1. Peter and John did not have the money to give the lame beggar. This helps me tremendously, since I (nor the church) don’t have the financial means to meet outside requests the vast majority of the time.
  2. You can only offer what you have! What did Peter have? He had the Spirit of God empowering his life and ministry; he had authority (notice he didn’t even stop to pray!); he had boldness which only comes from a strong faith in God. So, the question is: Do I have anything to offer those asking me for assistance?
  3. Peter and John’s schedule was interrupted. They were on their way to a prayer meeting (you know, the really spiritual stuff) when this opportunity to serve someone (you know… the “less spiritual” stuff) presented itself. However, they were obviously open to divine interruptions, as they walked in the Spirit and not the flesh.

So you see, it’s really quite simple. The power point from this example that we should all pay attention to is this… We need to intentionally prepare and position ourselves to be more aware (and open) to the interruptions in our daily routine. You never know, they may just be divinely orchestrated God opportunities!

So, would you make it your prayer, as I am learning to do in my own life, to invite God into your world, asking Him to grow you and mature you into the Spirit-led and Spirit-empowered person He desires for you to be! Then, maybe instead of getting annoyed with unplanned interruptions and delays, perhaps we’ll have the authority we need to give what is most helpful to others within that divine moment! Just something to think about…