Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. (Eph. 5:15–16)

A GOOD CHRISTIAN FRIEND told me that when she did not start her day with prayer and reading her Bible, her entire day was nothing but confusion. It is powerful to start your day seeking God’s will—getting God’s Word in your mind, so you can talk about it later. When you are wired in the mind-set of God, you will know how to use your time wisely—seizing opportunities, making choices that do not conform to everyone else’s.

You will feel a power that drives you to a different way of doing things. You can replace your plans with what God wants you to do. Operating in a world of evil, you must walk carefully in order to be successful as a Christian: not unwisely, but using your time for God. Being “drunk with the Spirit” is better than being drunk with wine—and no side effects!

Speaking psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to one another reinforces your beliefs and strengthens your hope. Giving thanks makes you happy for what you have. If you set your mind on talking about God—on redeeming the time and giving thanks—your day will not be filled with confusion but with purpose.

Starting your day this way is sure to make you feel as if you have accomplished something at the end of your day.

Speak the Word and sing psalms every day, and make your day count!

Deanna Altman is the mother of four sons, and lives in Watkinsville, Georgia. She writes Christian fiction and children’s books.