Minden Press-Herald

Tuesday
Sep 30th

Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?

I heard this song last week (Chicago-Robert Lamm) and began to wonder about it. With our changing back and forth - to and from Day Light Saving Time - for all these years, I've wondered where all the 'saved time' was placed. Is there a 'time bank' somewhere in the Cayman Islands?Was it stored In a cave somewhere in KY? A space pocket between Mars and Pluto? Maybe there are time deposits attached to the equator as it circles the earth? Just where is that time and how can we retrieve it? Foolish questions? Yes, I know, but not too far removed than this whole idea. Just leave the clocks alone and let us plan our own schedule! We can do it.

When I first became aware of this dilemma was in the 1950's. Daddy swore he would never set his clock back or forward just to satisfy Washington.

But after a month of 'missing the 6:00 o'clock news,' he recanted and reluctantly followed suit! He said this is going to mess the whole balance of nature – quitting field work two hours before sunset to take medicine, milking cows off schedule will cause them to misjudge when to release milk; the chickens will delay their egg-laying and all sorts of things will happen as a result of 'tinkering with Father Time/Mother Nature'. Nobody will ever know really what time it is any more! "Quit messing with our minds and our clocks!" he said.

It seems 'It really is later than we think'! Time swiftly marches on and leaves us with many unanswered questions about life! Paul's example of one knowing the value of using his time wisely is evident. He needed no one to regulate his time; he wanted every minute to count. (Eph 5:14-17) "Wake up, you sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you. Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise men, making the most of every opportunity (redeeming your time), because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is."

He understood the will of the Lord and he was busy about it – all the time. Serving the Lord was utmost on his mind and heart. Day and night! Paul always knew what time it was! He told King Agrippa - "Today is the day of salvation" (Acts 26). So he witnessed everywhere he went, never missing an opportunity. He would be disappointed with us today, don't you agree? Perhaps, he would say something like this: "quit wasting your time on trivia and get down to the main business –witnessing, ministering and serving the Lord all the time day-by-day?"

Yes, it is later than we think for many! Family members and friends are rapidly leaving the scene (without our permission). Countless numbers are not prepared to face the Eternal Judge. They failed to stop, check their life's clock and take care of the essentials of salvation. Check your watch – do you know what time it is? Don't let time pass you by!

 

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