Be very careful, then, how you live–not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.

– Ephesians 5:15-17

The back of the green sofa chair arched as my dad watched game film. The next week, he and his high school football team headed to war against the team in white jerseys. Players ran forward and backward as he rewound plays. Details mattered.

Little things count. I forget that truth more than I’d like to admit. Ephesians 5:16 says that “… the days are evil.” A team of darkness roams the earth. We as Christians must be ready for their schemes, for their trick plays, for their counters, and even for their Hail Mary attempts.

God commands us to lead wise lives. Fear is spreading. The enemy is devising a game plan around COVID-19, but our Lord’s plans are unbeatable. He is not caught off guard; the final points beam on the scoreboard. Jesus: conquered death. Satan: armchair quarterback.

Still, the game goes on.

Jesus wants us to seek Him. As we follow Him in the coming days, we can lead lives that serve our God and our neighbors in love. We can meditate on Bible verses to better understand God’s direction for each of us. God knows what lies ahead. He knows what the opposing team has in store, and He is waiting for His team to hear His plays.

Coaches love coachable athletes—players who listen, learn, and execute. These players might not run the fastest forty-yard dash. Sure, their muscles lack, but they heed the coach’s call. They strive to understand what the coach is telling them, and then they give all they have to execute the play call. The coachable athletes don’t miss a beat. They succeed.

These players understand that details matter. says that the meaning of the idiom “the devil is in the details,” is that “even the grandest project depends on the success of the smallest components.”

What are the small components in our lives that need extra attention? What does the devil know about your life that he regularly uses to keep you from the best God has for you?

Submit to God. Know that He can coach you to live a wise life. Connect with Him. Make yourself ready to hear from Him and to execute His will.

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