Only If I Had Read This Poem 10 Years Ago…

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“Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?” – Matt 6:26

Imagine there is a bank which credits your account each morning with $86,400, carries over no balance from day to day, allows you to keep no cash balance, and every evening cancels whatever part of the amount you had failed to use during the day.

What would you do?
Draw out every cent, of course!
Well, everyone has such a bank. It’s name is time.
Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds.
Every night it writes off, as lost, whatever of this you have failed to invest to good purpose.
It carries over no balance. It allows no overdraft.
Each day it opens a new account for you.
Each night it burns the records of the day.
If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is yours.
There is no going back. There is no drawing against the tomorrow.
You must live in the present on today’s deposits.
Invest it so as to get from it the utmost in health, happiness and success!
The clock is running. Make the most of today.

Let me share with you a poem that will “WOW” you. A poem that will re-shape your understanding of time.

A middle school student wrote the following…

If you want to know the value of a month: Ask a teenager who’s been grounded.

If you want to know the value of a week: Ask a student with a science project due.

If you want to know the value of a day: Ask a substitute teacher.

If you want to know the value of an hour: Ask a women in labor.

If you want to know the value of a minute: Ask a guy getting bombarded with questions by the parents of the girl who is still upstairs getting ready for their date.

If you want to know the value of a second: Ask a basketball player, down by 1, in possession of the ball.

If you want to know the value of a millisecond: Ask a sprinter.

If you want to know the value of a yard: Ask an NFL running back.

If you want to know the value of a foot: Ask an architect.

If you want to know the value of an inch: Ask a bungee jumper.

If you want to know the value of a gallon: Ask a truck driver.

If you want to know the value of a pint: Ask someone who needs blood.

If you want to know the value of a teaspoon: Ask a sick child.

If you want to know the value of a phone call: Ask the person who just put in a job application.

If you want to know the value of forgiveness: Ask a person on death row.

If you want to know the value of a child: Ask the couple that can’t have one.”

And I say, If you want to know the value of a soul: Look to the cross, and realize that Jesus left heaven’s glory to come, live, and die for you.

Question: How do you plan to spend your next 86,400 seconds?