June 26, 2010

Real Minutes Don’t Roll Over – Dick Melear

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:00 am by kdkelly

When marketing a product or service, companies have to consider what their competitors offer, and then meet the challenge to provide “more” or “better” in one way or another. Because of this, recent marketing strategies for mobile phone service providers include what have been called “rollover minutes.” Of course, this refers to the accumulation of minutes of service which have been purchased but not used within the month of service. It is an attractive concept, especially in contrast to those plans with a set fee for “up to” so many minutes per month, and if you do not use them, you lose them.

Wouldn’t it be great if real minutes did the same thing—if they would “rollover?” That way, if you did not use your time, you could save it until you really needed it! Then, you could relax, enjoy the luxury of more idle time, and nothing would really be lost. Time would not be wasted, nor would it have to “fly,” but it could be saved until you were ready to make good use of it.

Of course, we all know this is fantasy. Time cannot be saved! Even though we speak of “saving time,” we do not mean it like this. Time is a continuous measure from one point or event to another. While we are “in between” events, time continues to pass by. It is what we do during that time, whether productive or unproductive, that decides the difference between time “well spent” and time “wasted.” Thus unlike money that can be stored in a safe place until needed, time cannot be saved, neither does it stand still!

Further, once time has passed, it is irretrievable. We have all experienced nostalgia, wishing we could go back and experience “yesterday” again. We have all even experienced occasions when we wished we could go back to do better than we have previously done. But, we know we cannot. We just cannot roll those minutes over!

The lesson is for us to make the best use of our time while we have it. Yet, we have not been given a “block” of time to budget and spend as we decide. We get it a moment at a time—we call it now! And NOW is the only time we can use! Consider this old Sanskrit proverb:

Yesterday is but a dream, tomorrow but a vision. But today well-lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness, and every tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well, therefore, to this day!

Paul instructed the Christians at Ephesus saying, “See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” (Ephesians 5:15-17) Some translate “redeeming the time” as “making the most of every opportunity.” The way to make the most of this time we have, or to walk carefully and wisely, is through an understanding of God’s will.

God’s will has been revealed to man through His scriptures, by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. By coming to know what has been revealed, we can know what God expects of us, and how to live in accordance with those expectations and desires. By following those teachings, we can truly please our God and Creator.

There is no better use of our time than to spend it in the fulfillment of God’s will and live in harmony with His teachings—right now! We cannot wait until another time. We cannot spend all our time today doing other things, expecting to “some day” serve God. All our time will one day be gone, and we might still be “waiting.” The only time we have is NOW. Won’t you use it to serve God TODAY?

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