“Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You
can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it you can never get it
back.” — Harvey Mackay
It has been said that time is the great equalizer—it is true we all have a gift
of time; the same 24 hours each day. The scriptures reveal numerous aspects or
pictures of the concept of time.
The fleeting nature of our sojourn on earth is expressed in David’s final
prayer of thanksgiving in I Chronicles 29:15, “Our days on the earth are as a
James echoes the same short-lived fact of life, “For ye are a vapor, that appeareth
for a little time, and then vanisheth away” James 4:14 (ASV).
In spite of the brevity of life, Jesus, in the Sermon on the Mount, cautioned
about being overly concerned or apprehensive about tomorrow: “Be not therefore
anxious for the morrow: for the morrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient
unto the day is the evil thereof” Matt 6:34 (ASV).
On the other hand, the Apostle Paul expresses urgency about being sure of
our salvation today because of the uncertainty about tomorrow. “Behold,” he
emphasizes, “now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation” 2
Cor 6:2 (ASV).
Renee Coffee, in her devotional book entitled “The Incredible Journey,”
puts the value of time into a practical perspective. Following is an excerpt:
• To realize the value of one year, ask a student who has to repeat a
• To realize the value of one month, ask the mother of a pre-mature baby.
• To realize the value of one week, ask the editor of a weekly newspaper.
• To realize the value of one day, ask a family whose loved one has just
• To realize the value of one hour, ask some children waiting to open
their Christmas presents.
• To realize the value of one minute, ask a person who just missed his
• To realize the value of one second, ask a driver who just avoided an
• To realize the value of one millisecond, ask the person who won the
silver medal at the Olympics.
Ellen White speaks to the use of our gift of time. “Time is to be used judiciously,
earnestly, and under the sanctification of the Holy Spirit…God has left
us in charge of His goods in His absence. Each steward has
his own special work to do in advancing God’s kingdom. Not
one is excused” (OHC 40.3).
By God’s grace, we can be faithful stewards of our precious
gift of time.
By Mitch Hazekamp