Stealing Time

Stealing Time

 By Eddie Boggess

From Cedar Grove House to House/Heart to Heart March/April, 2013

             I guess you could say that he was trying to "steal time."  Only problem was it did not work.  According to a media report1, Michael Marquez was arrested in Panama City, FL, along with another man for being in possession of stolen goods. According to police, he and the other man had been found fighting over some camping supplies that had been stolen from a nearby store.  While police were trying to figure out which, if either, of the men had stolen the camping supplies, they left Marquez unattended in an interview room.  There, according to surveillance footage, while Marquez waited for the police to return, he took the opportunity to take the clock off the wall and stuff it in his backpack.  Eventually both men were charged with possession of stolen goods, and Marquez was also charged with stealing the clock.

             While we might legitimately question the intelligence of anyone (allegedly) trying to steal a clock from the police station, we can sympathize with Mr. Marquez in regard to his attempt to steal time.  Time, or the lack there of, is a problem for many of us.  Today's world is a busy world, and today's lives are busier than ever before.  Most of us have schedules so hectic that they dictate a breakneck pace from before the sun comes up until many hours after it has gone down.  With lives like this is it any wonder that we complain of so much more stress, mental fatigue, and emotional problems than did our forefathers? Most of us would love to find a way to steal a little time, though we would realize that taking the clock from the police station wall is not the way to accomplish it.

             The Bible has some things to say about time and time management.  The apostle Paul tells us to use our time wisely:  "See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil" (Ephesians 5:15-16).  We are told to be wise and to redeem the time. God wants us to remember that our time here on earth is short (James 4:14) and it has a definite purpose (Ecclesiastes 12:13).  He wants us to put our focus on eternity, where time will not be a factor (2 Corinthians 4:17-18).  

             We all have the same number of hours each day.  We all make choices as to what we do with them.  In this busy world there are many people, activities, efforts, and desires that want at least a part of our time.  As we make these choices let us remember those things that are truly important. Let us put emphasis on using our time (our opportunities) to do good to all (Galatians 6:10) and to bring glory to God (1 Corinthians 6:20).  The wisest time management is not trying to steal a little more time for ourselves, but rather, giving our Creator and His work our time now, knowing that He will give us an eternity of blessings in the future—an eternity where time will not matter.