Punctuality – is this your forte? Or do you resonate with the words of the White Rabbit, in the Disney version of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, who said, “I’m late! I’m late! For a very important date! No time to say hello, goodbye! I’m late! I’m late! I’m late!”
Whether punctuality is your friend or foe, time is something that we all have an equal amount of. There are only 24 hours in a day, and while we might think at times that 25 would be helpful, it would only encourage us to cram more into the day!
Time, like air, is a commodity which we all have equal access to. There may be restricting conditions at times, but we are able to choose how we use our time.
Take a few moments to reflect on these questions?
- How are you at keeping time?
- How punctual are you?
- What does not being punctual say about you?
- What does it relay/convey to those who are waiting for you?
In Ecclesiastes 3:1 (MSG) we read, “There’s an opportune time to do things, a right time for everything on the earth”
I would like to invite you to, find a piece of paper and a pen and to draw a large clock face (no A level Art required!). And to use the following exercise to reflect on how you are using your time right now, in this season of your life.
Divide the clock face into four sections: Morning, Afternoon, Evening and Night.
Now write down in each section the activities that you carry out day by day in each section of the clock.
Reflect on those that are essential, those that relate to your work, and those that relate to your free time.
Have you got a good balance between work, rest, and play?
Are there any adjustments that you could make to redress any imbalance?
Take time now to reflect on your responses and ask God if he has anything to share with you about them.
Finally, Psalm 31:15 tell us that our, “times are in your hands.” It is reassuring to recognise this, in these uncertain times.