Yesterday I received an email with the heading “We’re giving away one free year of TIME.” I know they meant the magazine, but I did find the title interesting. I guess this especially hit me because of two things that happened yesterday.
First, I opened espn.com to read the sports highlights. Two of headlines listed on the right hand side were about the passing of “Princess Lacy” [See my previous post about “Meaning in Basketball”] and the passing of the “Ultimate Warrior.” I had written a blog about Lacy and knew the story fairly well. The other hit a little closer to home literally. The Ultimate Warrior was born in Crawfordsville, Indiana (where some of my family lives) and went to high school with my cousins at Fountain Central High School.
Second, I had a conversation with my son Logan about the passing of my best friend Paul Shroyer in 1990. I told him about how unexpected his death was and the real pain of never having the possibility of talking to him again. In a world of Facebook you can stay in contact with people miles away, but we still have no contact with those in eternity.
Then I read this headline in my email offering the possibility of one free year of time. How many people would want just a little more time. I am sure people wanted another year with the Ultimate Warrior. I am sure Lacy’s family wants other year. I know I want another year with Paul. Most people would give anything to get one more year of time.
The most interesting thing to me is how much we value time with others after they have gone and how little we value it when we are with them. The real issue is not what would we give for more time, but what did we do with the time we had? I believe God gives us a great gift each new day with 24 hours to use. Are we treating it as a valuable possession or like that email are we just deleting it without thought?