In Kensington Gardens, one of London’s pleasant open spaces, there stands elevated a clock which has four dials, each showing respectively north, south, east and west, and underneath each dial is carved in large letters, TIME FLIES.1
Interestingly, the Bible speaks of time as “days,” and not “years.”
Job 14:1, 2, “Man who is born of woman is of few days and full of trouble. He comes forth like a flower and fades away.” After Pharaoh asked Jacob his age, he referred to his one hundred and thirty years as, “The days of the years of my pilgrimage” (Genesis 47:9). Moses expressed, “Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12, NIV).
Charles Swindoll wrote, “The Hebrew text suggests that we correctly ‘account’ for our days. I find it interesting that we are to view life by the days, not the years. We are to live those days in such a way that when they draw to a close, we have gained ‘a heart of wisdom.’”2
“If there is a bank that credits your account each morning with $86,400 and carries over no balance from day to day, and every evening deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to use during the day, what would you do? Draw all of it, of course!
Each of us has such a bank. Its name is TIME.
Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it writes off as lost whatever of this you 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 the tomorrow. You must live in the present on today’s deposits. Invest it so as to get from it the utmost health, happiness, and success! The clock is running. Make the most of today.”3
“We must use time as a tool, not as a couch” (John F. Kennedy).4
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- Walter B. Knight, Knight’s Master Book of New Illustrations, Wm B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, MI, Copyright 1956, p. 685
- Charles R. Swindoll, Strengthening Your Grip, Grason, P. O. Box 1240, Minneapolis, MN, Copyright 1982, p. 133
- Christian Clippings, P.O. Box 3867, Holiday, FL, 34692, January, 2004
- Reader’s Digest, December, 1996