“Cheers to a new year and another chance
for us to get it right.” ― Oprah Winfrey
A Year of Time
Though even thinking on the subject of time may
prove discomforting, it is not a bad idea—especially
at the beginning of a new year.
As we look into a year, we look at a block of time.
We see 12 months, 52 weeks, 365 days, 8,760 hours, 525,600 minutes, 31,536,000 seconds. And all is a gift
from God. We have done nothing to deserve it, earn it,
or purchased it. Like the air we breathe, time comes
to us as a part of life.
The gift of time is not ours alone. It is given equally
to each person. Rich and poor, educated and ignorant, strong and weak—every man, woman and child has the same twenty-four hours every day.
Another important thing about time is that you cannot stop it. There is no way to slow it down, turn it off,
or adjust it. Time marches on.
And you cannot bring back time. Once it is gone,
it is gone. Yesterday is lost forever. If yesterday is lost, tomorrow is uncertain. We may look ahead at a full year’s block of time, but we really have no guarantee that
we will experience any of it.
Obviously, time is one of our most precious possessions. We can waste it. We can worry over it. We can spend
it on ourselves. Or, as good stewards, we can invest it
in the kingdom of God.
The New Year is full of time. As the seconds tick away, will you be tossing time out the window, or will you make every minute count?
Dr. Willie C. Glover - Global President
and the Members of the
Connectonal Lay Organizaton
African Methodist Episcopal Church