‘Time flies when you’re having fun!’ So the common saying
goes — and doesn’t it fly!
That dream holiday or lost week-end vanishes into the past like a puff of
smoke. The precious moments cherished before the departure of a loved one fly
out of sight like a nifty little flock of swallows.
But for those anxiously awaiting the event that never seems to come, time can
drag terribly. Standing in the cold waiting for a bus can seem like an
eternity. Sitting around waiting to know if you have at last landed a job can
seem like half a lifetime. The young lady waiting for her boyfriend to
propose, finds weeks turning into months and months into years.
A common problem
Every day we hear it or say it: ‘If only I had the time...’ There
are things we want to do — some of them important to us—but we
cannot get to them. The urgent takes the place of the important.
Urgent things are the ones that present themselves more visibly or are pressed
upon us by someone else. So we put other things off to attend to the demands
of the present circumstances. Sometimes there is no choice but to fit in with
those demands, especially if it is an emergency.
The bottom line is that we can be cheated out of attending to matters of real
importance—or we cheat ourselves. Time gets lost or wasted, often by
choices and preferences we make and regret later.
Beating clocks and calendars
be great if we could get the mastery over the old enemy, time. In my contest
against time, I have been beaten convincingly over the years. Take Saturday
jobs for instance. I start with the day’s list of six tasks to be done
before nightfall. You guessed it! When the first three have been crossed off,
the sun has set and I’m working by moonlight. You’ve been there
Beating the final siren
How seldom do we take into consideration the fact that our whole life has a
deadline; that at any time the curtain may fall, our time all gone. The
sandglass will be empty, the contest against time, lost. Doors of opportunity
Look at the death notices in the paper. Every day there is evidence that not
only old people die. All ages are represented there. One day your name will
appear and you don’t know how soon.
Some things left undone won’t matter very much. The house you were going
to build or the dress you were going to make won’t mean much then. But
some things will matter tremendously.
What is the most urgent and important thing to attend to while we are here in
this life? It is getting right with God. What could possibly be more important
that that? It is imperative that we find out what to do and then do it. God
has told us all, that the death of Jesus on the cross took place in order to
bring us forgiveness and pardon; to bring us into a right relationship with
Himself; to prepare us for the day we meet Him. Have we responded to His
Now here is something else that can be too easily shelved while we attend to
other things. Don’t risk your eternity. Don’t place a bet against
certainties. Don’t fiddle while Rome burns.
God says; ‘Listen! This is the hour to receive God’s favour; today
is the day to be saved!’
(2 Corinthians 6:2).