Posted by Peggy Utley

We are already in the middle of April. Can you believe it?  We are always remarking about how fast time flies. But what is really flying by is our lives.  I have a treasured Grandfather clock which the Deacons of Westwood Baptist Church gave me on the occasion of my retirement in 2007.  I faithfully wind it once a week and when I do, I pause to watch the pendulum swing from side to side in perfect cadence one tick-tock at a time. It never gets in a hurry.  It swings back and forth with a steady rhythm of 60 tick- tocks an hour.

All human beings are created equal in one respect: each person has 24 hours each day. With that equality in mind, isn’t it interesting how some people accomplish so much in a day, a week or a lifetime while others accomplish less or very little. It all has to do with discipline and how we control our time.  Someone has said, “It is not how much we do that matters; it’s how much we get done.” The challenge from Ephesians 5:15-16 is “Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.”

Take control of your time. No one else can do it for you.  The use of time has to do with the choices we make. A little Honor Book entitle “Dare to Succeed ” provides a leadership principle that says, “6 x 1 = 6”. It works this way, whatever you want to do – write a book, read a book, play a musical instrument, read the bible through, prepare a lesson,  tend a garden, clean out a closet, visit the sick or someone in an assisted living facility, etc, devote one hour a day, six days a week, to the project. Sooner than you think the project will be completed.  Look at it this way, if you devote 312 hours a year – that is one hour a day, six days a week you will accomplish the 6 x 1= 6 principle. Time passes one tick- tock at a time.  It never flies. Gaining control of how you use your time gives you control of your life and results in satisfaction and fulfillment.

In His Love,

Charles