Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. (Matthew 25:1 NRSV Bible)

Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. In our scripture reading, we have some wise and some foolish bridesmaids. How do we live our lives--foolishly or wisely, prepared or unprepared?

Life is a gift, and I believe it is important to live our lives wisely. We shouldn't live our lives by thinking that we have the rest of our lives before us, so we can live life on the edge and do as we please. There is so much more to life than fulfilling ourselves. Living wisely means, we are constantly working to better our relationship with God. We work to do all we can to help others. Living wisely means we live each day to it's fullest.

In the Wall Street Journal, there was a report where someone saw a sign in a Hong Kong dentist's office. The sign said, "Teeth Extracted by the Latest Methodists." I don't know how good Methodists are at extracting teeth, but as God's people we can extract or bring out the best in one another. So, being wise means we are a part of the church that helps us be the best we can be.

God of all things, work on me to make me the best I can be for your glory. In Jesus name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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