I know it sounds cliché, but it’s hard to believe another year has gone by. It seems like it was just yesterday that we were talking about making 2014 a great year, and now we’re talking about 2015.
Time flies when you’re having fun, to quote another well-worn phrase. And don’t get me wrong. I like having fun, but I do wish time would slow down a little bit.
Time is the stuff of life, at least on this side of eternity. Therefore, if you are wasting time, you are wasting life. Evaluating time in terms of how it marks your life puts things in perspective.
Because time is life, it is precious. John Maxwell shares the following statements to help his readers put time in perspective:
- To know the value of one year…ask the student who failed the final exam.
- To know the value of one month…ask the mother of a premature baby.
- To know the value of one week…ask the editor of a weekly newsmagazine.
- To know the value of one day… ask the wage earner who has six children.
- To know the value of one hour…ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.
- To know the value of one minute…ask the person who missed the plane.
- To know the value of one second…ask the person who survived the accident.
- To know the value of one millisecond…ask the Olympic silver medalist.
Have you heard the one about the old Norwegian who kept very careful notes of his life in a series of notebooks? On his eightieth birthday he pulled out the notebooks and was surprised to find that he had spent five of his eighty years waiting on customers. He had spent six months tying neckties, three months scolding children who had been running around his store, and eight days telling his dogs to lie down and be quiet.
I don’t know about you, but when I look back over the year, I have that same feeling of shock over how I have spent my time. A whole year gone, and what do I have to show for it? Where did the time go? Where did my life go?
Paul warns us, “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil” (Eph. 5:15-16). Evil indeed.
The good news is that God has given us another year. Will you give it to him? Or will it be squandered on careless abuses of time?