"Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit; be like those who are waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet, so that they may open the door for him as soon as he comes and knocks." (Luke 12:35-36 NRSV)

I read recently of a survey taken by a doctor who polled 3,000 people and asked them this simple question: "What are you living for?" The survey revealed that over 90 percent of the people were WAITING for something significant to change or happen in their lives and in the lives of those with whom they were involved. Let me share a few examples:

A. middle-aged couple was waiting for their parents to die before they went on to the next stage of their lives.
B. Another couple was waiting for their children to get married.
C. A younger couple was waiting to have a child.
D. A younger child said he was waiting for the day when his Dad no longer had to sleep on the couch and could sleep in the bedroom.

We are called to wait for the direction of God, but we are also called to action. Life is to be lived. "Be dressed for action."

God of all, as I wait, guide me to act in fulfilling your will for my life. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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