Time is Running Out!

Time is Running Out!

                                      — Kay Taiwo

A man had a checkup and then went in to see his doctor to get the results. The doctor said he had bad news and worse news for him, which did he want to hear first?

The man was a bit nonplussed and said he’d rather hear the bad news first. The doctor said, “The bad news is that you only have twenty-four hours to live.” 

At this the man jumped up, totally flabbergasted and distraught. He paced the doctor’s office and complained, “Twenty-four hours to live? I can’t possibly get my affairs in order that quickly.

I can’t believe this, it is incredible! What could be worse news than this?” 

The doctor said, “The worse news is that I was supposed to tell you this yesterday but I forgot.” *

Many have resigned themselves to spectatorship when they ought to be active participants in this fleeting moment we call time. Without a doubt, procrastination is a thief of time. 

People fail to realize that their real competition is notpeople, relatives, boss, brother, sister, or in-law etc. 

Our real and greatest competition on this side of eternity is TIME. So we are in a race against time to get as much done before TIME runs out!

Some may say, “Whatever I do with my time is my own business!” Oh really? 

The use of our time can have positive or negative consequences.

Consider this:
-What John the baptist did with his time affected Jesus!

-What Jesus did with His time has obvious eternal consequences.

-What Thomas Edison did with his time gave us the light bulb,  and over a thousand more inventions.

-What Paul did with his time spread the gospel and gave us written epistles to read and establish church doctrine.

-What Mother Theresa did with her time gave dignity to the poor.

-What nine year old Ryan Hreljac did with his time raised over $200,000 and built 50 drinking wells in Uganda, Africa.

-What you do with YOUR time will….

What you and I do with our time is the determining factor for whether we will be remembered as successes or failures. 

The Principles of Time and Seasons (discussed in detail in Kay and Olu Taiwo’s book, Agents of Change: Arise, Shine; Your Light Has Come!): Click here for more info.

1. Time is opportunity
2. Time is elusive
3. Time governs Seasons
4. Time is your real competitor not people
5. Time is a great revealer
6. Time is a friend of process
7. Time does not discriminate, but people do. 

Do not walk through time without leaving worthy evidence of your passage.

—Pope John XXIII (1881-1963) 


*James S. Hewett, Illustrations Unlimited (Wheaton: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc, 1988), p. 477. 

*Modified from Kay and Olu Taiwo’s book,Agents of Change: Arise, Shine; Your Light Has Come! click here.