Tim Hansel wrote a wonderful little book entitled When I Relax I Feel Guilty. In his chapter, “The Time of Our Lives,” Hansel asks a provocative question:
What would you do if every morning your bank phoned, informing you that your account had been credited in the amount of 86,400 pennies ($864) – but with the stipulation that it had to be spent that very day? No balance could be carried over to the next day. Every evening canceled whatever sum you failed to use. Think about what you could do with such a gift. You would probably draw out and use every cent every day.”
Then Tim Hansel made his point:
We do have such a bank – called the First World Bank of Time. Every morning this bank credits your account with 86,400 seconds – but no balances are carried into the next day. Every night erases what you fail to use. Failure to draw it out and use its treasure is your loss. No previous day’s time can be reclaimed.”
That puts it into a whole new light doesn’t it? Our seconds and minutes are like one-time deposits.
This made me think. I wonder how many minutes I’ve already used up. A quick stop at the calculator and the answer was sobering. I’ve already had almost 28,000,000 minutes! Talk about feeling old! I started to get a cramp just thinking about it. I’m almost 28 million minutes old! And it’s convicting to think of how many of those minutes I’ve wasted. Isn’t’ it interesting that time is one of those things you take for granted until you start running out of it?
Jim Bishop said, “It is difficult to live in the present, ridiculous to live in the future and impossible to live in the past. Nothing is as far away as one minute ago.”
The simple truth is you can’t find any more time. You can’t buy any more time. There are only two things you can do with time. Use it or waste it.
Clint Black sang, “This killing time is killing me.” The Bible has a better idea.
So teach us to number our days, That we may present to You a heart of wisdom. (Psalm 90:12)
Your bank account just got a new deposit of 86,400 seconds this morning. Spend it wisely.
That’s the good news, now go have a great day.