Time gentlemen, please!
As an 18-year-old working in a pub in Glasgow, these were my favourite three words at the end of a busy day behind the bar, calling time on the customers.
Of course, these words were not popular with everyone, especially those who were struggling to finish drinks in the short time allowed.
The simple fact is time dominates all areas and aspects of our lives – in the social realm, at work, school, home, etc.
Time is something that controls us, sneaks up on us and marches on, with or without us.
Author John Updike said: “Suspect each moment, for it is a thief, tiptoeing away with more than it brings.”
Time is indeed a thief, stealing our very lives if we are not careful.
How often do we hear people asking where the time has gone, especially as the years begin to ebb?
As this is a spiritual column, I am sure you are expecting me to bring God into the picture, and of course you will not be disappointed.
The simple fact about time is it is God’s, and not man’s, invention.
Gen 2: 2 - 3: “By the seventh day, God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day, he rested from all his work.
“Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because, on it, he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.”
God gives us time, but how much time do we give Him?
We find time for family, friends, work, play, sleep, TV, the internet, etc. But when is our God time?
It can be at any time. It can be on a Sunday as part of a church service, or a daily reading and prayer.
But the important need is to make time for the One who makes time for us.
At the beginning of Ecclesiastes Ch 3 we read: “There is a time for everything...”
That should include making time for our Creator God through Jesus Christ, His Son the only Saviour.
If not, one day we will find we will have run out of time, and if we haven’t made time for Him in this life, He won’t have time for us in eternity.
Someone had sent the author Moses Hadas a manuscript for his consideration.
Moses Hadas wrote back: “Thank you for sending me a copy of your book. I’ll waste no time reading it.”
That is the problem for many today; they spend no time reading the greatest book ever written, God’s Word, the Holy Bible.
How can we expect to know the author of life and time when we refuse to make time to read His book, or even give Him a second thought?
Whether we like it or not, God will have the last word.
Eccl 3: 1 - 2: “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die.”
Rev Peter Carr, Buckhaven Baptist Church