12th August 2013


“Never walk away from someone who deserves help; your hand is God’s hand for that person. Don’t tell your neighbour ‘Maybe some other time’ or ‘Try me tomorrow’…”
Proverbs 3:27 (The Message)

It’s incredible to think that midday in London is 10 minutes ahead of Bristol, 16 minutes ahead of Plymouth and even 2 minutes ahead of Windsor! It was Royal Mail who led the way and it was the introduction of mail coaches and their timetables in 1784 that began to ring the changes that became inevitable with the arrival of railways in 1827. Eventually time was standardised all over the country to GMT but its interesting that the Bristol Corn Exchange clock still has two hour hands and still shows both times, one 10 minutes behind the other. 

Time regulates all of our lives and it seems like writers and poets feel compelled to mention it. Shakespeare wrote; “The end crowns all. And that old common arbitrator, Time, will one day end it all” (Twelfth Night). Milton observes, “How soon hath Time, the subtle thief of youth stolen on its wing my three and twentieth year.” (Sonnet ii). And wise old Benjamin Franklin said, “Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that’s the stuff life is made of.”

The Bible, as you know urges us to make the best use of our time, to use to the full every second, minute and hour of every day. To take every opportunity to do good, to serve, to assist, to encourage, to build up and leave a trail of love throughout every 24 hours. Paul calls this lifestyle “a living sacrifice”—in other words a life totally used up in service to God and others. Romans 12:1-2 says, “So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out.” 

To realise the value of one week, ask the editor of a weekly magazine.
To realise the value of one hour, ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.
To realise the value of one minute, ask a person who missed a train.
To realise the value of one second, ask a person who just avoided an accident.
To realise the value one millisecond, ask the person who won silver in the Olympics.

So, let’s treasure each and every moment we have and use them wisely. 

Father, pour out your Spirit of power upon us so that our lifestyles and the way we use our time might be an example to others and glorify you.

Study by Cliff Neill


cliffneillAbout the Author:
Cliff Neill is an Elder in Grace Communion Church Luton, the Worldwide Church of God UK Congregation in Luton.

Local  Congregation:
Grace Communion Church Luton
Farley Hill Methodist Church
North Drift Way
Farley Hill

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Saturday 10:30am

Local Congregational Contact:
Harry Sullivan
Phone:  01908-582222
Email: harry_sullivan@wcg.org.uk

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One Response to “12th August 2013”

  1. John Magowan on August 12th, 2013 9:20 am

    To pardon the pun, that was a “timely” study, Cliff. Some good facts and material for us to think about as we are all prone to squandering this thing we call time. As I write, it’s time for me to go and fix breakfast…that’s quality time, I reckon!! All puns aside, that was a good article, and thank you for the contribution.

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