In this the final chapter of Colossians Paul employs a common letter writing technique for his day. He gives a list of encouragements or admonishments of what he expects people to do. Prayer is at the top of the list, and God honoring conversations are there too. One that might be missed is being wise in our interactions with outsiders, to make the most of every opportunity.
I have a feeling your life might be like mine, wrapped up in the day to day details, not really paying much attention to the world going on around us. All the time we are interacting with people who would consider themselves outsiders. Often we do not even notice their struggle because of our own preoccupation with ourselves. In short we miss a lot of opportunities.
Paul encourages us to make the most of every opportunity. To do this we must take our eyes off of self and see the world through others eyes. That store clerk, the cashier, the other driver, the list can go on and on of people who need to experience the grace of God in a tangible form, you and me. The question is will we slow down enough to make the most of the opportunities we are given by God?