Keller: Wasted time will never return

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 18, 2022

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Recently, the discussion in a small group was about wasted time. The question was, “Are you guilty of continually wasting time?  I think most people, if they are honest, will admit to wasting time.

Time is something we can never recapture.  We take it for granted and act as though we have an unlimited supply.

In my lifetime, I’ve been blessed and don’t have many regrets, but sometimes I reflect on all the time I wasted when my children were young.

What would I do different?  I would give my family more quality time. I would cut down on the time I spent away from home attending non-productive meetings and on the wasted time spent in barrooms, particularly in meaningless conversation.

All the things I would do different really doesn’t matter now. That time is gone and lost forever. What matters now is how I spend the time I have left in this short lifetime.

What will my priorities be? Will I spend time on things that don’t have any eternal value, or will I focus on leaving a legacy of integrity that my family and friends will remember?

God doesn’t promise us tomorrow, but commands us to live each day aware of opportunities in which we can be a witness for Christ.

One person in the group said that he heard a testimony about a man who, on his 50th birthday, made a decision not to waste any more time. He figured if he lived to be 75, he would have 1,300 weeks to live.  He went to the store and bought 1,300 marbles.  He put them in a jar and as a reminder of the passing of time, took a marble out of the jar every Saturday and threw it away – gone forever.

I was impressed with the testimony and said that at age 87, I really don’t have too many marbles left.  One of my sarcastic friends said, “Keller, you’ve never been accused of having too many marbles.”  Of course, everyone laughed at my expense. I turned to that person and said, “Talking about wasted time – sometimes we are guilty of wasted words.”


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