Adapted from: Steven B. Cloud, Pulpit Helps, Vol. 14, # 2.
Welcome to 2010. Especially at the beginning of a new year, it’s a good time to think about time.
As we look into 2010 we look at a block of time. We see 12 months, 52 weeks, 365 days, 8,760 hours, 525,600 minutes, 31,536,000 seconds. And all is a gift. We have done nothing to deserve it, earn it, or purchased it. Like the air we breathe, time comes to us as a part of life. It is given equally to each person. Rich and poor, educated and ignorant, strong and weak—every man, woman and child has the same twenty-four hours every day.
You cannot stop time and you cannot bring back time. Once it is gone, it is gone. If yesterday is lost, tomorrow is uncertain. We may look ahead at a full year’s block of time, but we really have no guarantee that we will experience any of it.
So, time is one of our most precious possessions, yet we cannot save it up. We have to use it, moment by moment. This, of course, is one of the most important choices of your life - - how will you spend your time?
The new year is full of time. I encourage you, with these new days and months ahead to make the most of your time.
And as Oprah Winfrey once said, “Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.”