The Value of Time

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?

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One thought on “The Value of Time

  1. Been reading another blog at http://itsallbeautiful.weebly.com which had a post about time.

    “Today I read this:

    Imagine there is a bank account that credits your account each morning with $86,400. It carries over no balance from day to day. Every evening the bank deletes whatever part you failed to use during the day. What would you do? Draw out every cent, of course?

    What would you do with all that money? Would you quit your job and buy a huge house and fancy car? Would you pay off all of your bills and go on a very expensive vacation? Would you start buying designer clothes? Would you draw all of it out and put it in another bank account so that you got to keep all that money everyday? Or would you give every dollar to charities and continue your life like normal? Would you give the money to your church? Would you give it to the homeless? How would you spend each and every penny?

    While you think on that, read the next line:

    Each of us has such a bank account.

    You getting excited yet? When I read this I was ready to call a bank and say they owed me money…but it’s not the kind of bank account that you’re thinking of. Read the rest of this quote:

    Its name is time. Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night, it writes off as lost whatever of this you have failed to invest to a good purpose. It carries over no balance. It allows no draft. Each day it opens a new account for you. Each night it burns the remains of the day. If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is yours. There is no drawing against “tomorrow.” You must live in the present on today’s deposits. Invest it so as to get from it the utmost in health, happiness, and success. The clock is running. Make the most of today.

    Have you ever thought of time like that? This quote reminds me of the saying “Every second counts”. How do you spend your time? Do you think it is worth while?

    {the quote is in bold. And I found it on a picture from “youthinkit.tumblr.com”}”

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