Make the Time
By: Steve and Cindy Wright
Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom (Psalm 90:12).
We received the following message from a friend and thought it could be a wonderful “wake-up call” for us all —especially for those of us who are married. Please take the time to read it carefully —asking the Lord to speak to your heart. We’ll add additional insights pertaining to marriage on this topic at the conclusion of this message:
Imagine there’s a bank that credits your account every morning with 86,400 dollars (or the equivalent currency of your country). It carries over no balance from day to day. Every evening deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to use during the day. What would you do? DRAW OUT ALL OF IT, of course!!!
Each of us has such a bank. It’s 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. If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is yours. There is no going back. There is no drawing against “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! The clock is running. Make the most of today.
- To realize the value of ONE YEAR, ask a student who failed a grade.
- To realize the value of ONE MONTH, ask a mother who gave birth to a premature baby.
- To realize the value of ONE WEEK, ask the editor of a weekly newspaper.
- To realize the value of ONE MINUTE, ask a person who missed the train.
- To realize the value of ONE SECOND, ask a person who just avoided an accident.
- To realize the value of ONE MILLISECOND, ask the person who won a silver medal in the Olympics.
Treasure every moment you have! And treasure it more because you shared it with someone special … special enough to spend your time.
And remember that time waits for no one. Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is mystery. Today is a gift —that is why it is called the PRESENT!
As we said before, this is a wake-up call for all of us. We need to make sure that we invest our time in that which will make a positive difference. As we’re told in the Bible: “Everything is permissible; but not everything is beneficial. Everything is permissible; but not everything is constructive. Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others“ (1 Corinthians 10:23).
We all know couples where one spouse died prematurely —without warning. One minute they’re there and the next minute they’re gone. I (Steve) decided a number of years ago that if my wife Cindy were to die suddenly, I didn’t want to live with regrets —the “if only’s.”
Today, I feel I can honestly say there is nothing left unsaid and nothing left undone. Cindy KNOWS I love her, treasure her, and I make time for her.
Take a few minutes this week to assess your current time commitments. Is there something in your schedule that’s currently keeping you away from spending the time you should with your spouse and children? If you were to cut that “item” out of your schedule, would it cause more problems or blessings? If blessings, then what a great gift it would be to give that time to your family (and NOT live with regrets at a later date).
And I (Cindy) want to add to this message: Ask the Lord to show you if you are stealing time away from the family the Lord has given you. What we’ve learned from our own lives is: Just because you CAN do something, it doesn’t mean you SHOULD do it. Ask the Lord to give you His perspective on all of this.
CHOOSE to make the time to do some things that speak “love” to your spouse. Do them “as unto the Lord” —making the most of the “present” God has given you. Keep in mind the events that happened several years ago on September 11th here in the United States. Not everyone who woke up that morning had the opportunity to express their love to their spouse “later.”
Our prayers are with you as together we work to make our marriage reflect the love of Christ —as a living testimony to all who witness our lives together —that God is able to do that which is utterly amazing through those who are committed to Him and to each other.