Banking time?


My friend, may I ask you a question? How does God want us to understand time? Is it a commodity we can manage or something we can only value and hold in great esteem?

My friend, life's a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.

Can you bank time? I've heard people tell me that they can. For example, the other day my son Dan told me that he was going to bed early since he had been up late the previous night. "I'm making up the time Dad," he said. I thought to myself as he went to his bedroom how odd that statement really was. The sleeping time Dan had spent yesterday was a deposit on yesterday and not today. What an odd way of looking at time when you think of it. It reminded me of something the humorist Dave Barry wrote years ago, "Aside from Velcro, time is the most mysterious substance in the universe. You can't see it or touch it, yet a plumber can charge you $75 an hour for it, without necessarily fixing anything." Yes, time is hard to grasp isn't it. But that doesn't stop young people from borrowing on it or old people from trying to buy it back.

How does God want us to understand time? Is it a commodity we can manage or something we can only value and hold in great esteem?

Here's a thought I pulled out of an investment periodical recently: "Imagine there is a bank that credits your account each morning with $86,400. Every morning of every day you wake up with a balance of exactly $86,400 in your account. Imagine something else about this account, though. It is the nature of the account that it carries over no balance from day to day. At the end of the day when your eyes close in sleep the bank deletes the entire unused balance. No matter how hard you try to spend the money, every evening the bank deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to use during the day. A problem you'd like to have? Perhaps. What would you do, though? Draw out every cent, of course and open another bank account! (Author unknown.)

Time IS a very precious thing and God wants you and I to manage it with the utmost care and efficiency. In that respect, each of us does have a bank. 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 good purpose. It carries over no balance. It allows no overdraft. Each day it opens a new account for you. Each night it burns the remains of the day never to be seen again. If you fail to use the day's deposits, the loss is yours. There is no going back. There is no drawing against the "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! Banking time? Not likely. The clock is running on your today. Make the most of it while you have it.

We pray. Heavenly Father. Too often we forget and fail to appreciate your generosity: we take time for granted and fail to thank you for it, we view it as a commodity and ruthlessly exploit it, we cram it too full or waste it, learn too little from the past or mortgage it off in advance, we refuse to give priority to those people and things which should have chief claim upon our time. Help us to view time more as you view it, and to use it more as you intend: to distinguish between what is central and what is peripheral, between what is merely pressing and what is really important, between what is our responsibility and what can be left to others, between what is appropriate now and what will be more relevant later. In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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<markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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