Walk Now, Don’t Run Later!

Ephesians 5:15-16

Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil.

One of the things that marks the Christian approach to time is a sort of earnest and dedicated sense that it is short. This is something nobody much believes when they are young and everybody begins to grasp as they get old — old enough to lament that they didn’t really believe it when they were young. In youth, life is more or less a long Saturday afternoon. The test is days away. By Sunday evening, we realize with a dawning sense of rushed worry that the test is tomorrow morning and we have to cram. Christian teaching stresses again and again the need to prepare now so that we will be ready later, to walk a mile or two every day for months rather than try to walk a thousand miles in a week. Thus, “making the most of the time” does not mean a frenzy of fevered activity. It means a measured step of slow and steady obedience to Christ, a “long obedience in the same direction.” Today, be wise and do the next practical thing in obedience to the Holy Spirit. God will light the path before your feet so that you can walk now, rather than run frantically later.

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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  • lkeebler

    You are right on as always. I think the key word here is “obedience”, a very wiggly word for many who don’t fully understand the “calling for which you have been called” which is to be obedient to Christ. The depth of obedience Christ calls us to can only be touched through the Holy Spirit and Christ literally and continually “calls” us to obedience through His Church, the revelation of scripture and through His Love in ways innumerable. I am sure you have written articles on “obedience to the Holy Spirit.” Maybe we need a refresher course as the word has been so contorted by some as to resemble almost nothing.