You might want to take a quick look at your bank account. It’s not that you’ve been skimmed and your balance trimmed: It’s something much different:
Your balance has been replenished with 86,400 credits of time. These credits are better known as seconds, and there are 86,400 of them for you to use today.
You can benefit from the far-reaching and in some cases time-oriented wisdom of Solomon: “Don’t boast about tomorrow, for you don’t know what a day might bring (Proverbs 27:1).”
Tomorrow may never come, so wisely use the moments and seconds of today before they vanish and disappear in the hallway of history. Invest them in the life of another as an expression of God’s love.
Donald Grey Barnhouse once said that “Love is the key. Joy is love singing. Peace is love resting. Longsuffering is love enduring. Kindness is love’s touch. Goodness is love’s character. Faithfulness is love’s habit. Gentleness is love’s self-forgetting. Self-control is love holding the reins.”
Don’t waste another second. Take the time now to plant the flower of gratitude by writing a letter, texting a message, or using your phone to say thanks, to give a word of encouragement, or to simply say” God loves you.”
After your second of time has vanished, the fragrance of your kindness will linger for days. The aroma of the moment will be remembered by the one you have helped as well God.
The Washington Post ran an article titled CRISIS IN CHOCOLATELAND. The article discusses the 5 “power” sectors of the grocery store checkout line. These areas are lined with “grab-and-go items that account for 4% of a stores profit.
Because the checkout process has been sped up. Shoppers are not lingering-longer. The result is the average shopper is not buying as many of the grab-and-go items, and this has decreased the sales of companies like Hershey’s.
Evidently Frank Jimenez, Hershey’s senior director of retail evolution, has been reading the Bible. Some of the comments made by Jimenez sound suspiciously like the temptation of Adam and Eve.
Jimenez uses the “Eight Human Truths of Impulse” to explain why people succumb to checkout-aisle-urges. The goodies can delight, indulge, recharge or “rescue”; they can spoil (“I worked hard today”) or charm (“That’s a great idea”) . . .”
The key metric that determines whether or not a shopper purchases the sweet delight is called “dwell time.” The longer the shopper waits in line and looks at the goodies, the more likely she is to indulge
If you’ve read the story of Adam and Eve, you know that when it comes to temptation, “dwell time” is don’t-do-well-time. The longer Eve dwelled and listened to the sales pitch, the more attractive the forbidden fruit became: She could smell its fragrance and imagine its flavor.
The moral of the story is this: When temptation comes your way, don’t abide—run and hide. Paul stated this moral in these words: “No temptation has come your way that is too hard for flesh and blood to bear. But God can be trusted not to allow you to suffer any temptation beyond your powers of endurance. He will see to it that every temptation has a way out, so that it will never be impossible for you to bear it (I Corinthians 10:13).”