It is about time
At some point in your life you probably have arrived somewhere behind schedule and heard someone say to you, “It is about time.” I want to say those words to you now, but in a much more serious context. As followers of Christ there is an expectation of stewardship with everything entrusted to us, including our time on earth. Jesus’ brother, James, warned about poor stewardship with time when he said “you do not even know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes” (James 4:14).
Somewhere right now someone is claiming to have not had enough time to do something they promised they would do. In one of his bestselling inspirational books, H. Jackson Brown Jr. wrote “Don't say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.”
Songs about time are scattered through the decades. The Rolling Stones sang about having time on their side in the 60s. Jim Croce wanted to put time in a bottle in the 70s. In the 80s, the rock band Styx had a hit song titled “Too Much Time on My Hands”. In the 90s, Tracy Byrd sang about time marching on and in 2002, Coldplay sang about cursed missed opportunities in their hit “Clocks”.
Throughout history, everyone has had something to say about time. The American education reformer, Horace Mann said “you may as well borrow a person’s money as his time.” Roman emperor and philosopher, Marcus Aurelius said “Time is a sort of river and swift is its current.” Religious freedom advocate, William Penn said “time is what we want most, but what we use worst.”
The Apostle Paul spoke about time management often. He urged believers to make the most of the time they have when he wrote that “time is short” in 1 Corinthians 7:29. In Ephesians 5:15 he said, “Be very careful, then, how you live-not as unwise but as wise.”
Time is a mysterious gift. Not one of us knows how much we will be given. Likewise, none of us knows when Christ will return. What we do know is that each of us will be called to give an account of what we did with the time we had.