KEEPING THE FAITH: It’s time

Published: Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 09:53 AM.

Imagine that tomorrow morning I deposit into your bank account $86,400. This money is all yours to do with as you please, no strings attached. Now, not only am I going to deposit this amount into your account tomorrow, I’m going to do the same thing every day next week. That is a combined $604,800 that will be waiting for you.

But I’m not finished. I’m going to make this daily deposit into your account every day for the next year (you are really using your imagination now). At the conclusion of 12 months you will have received more than $31.5 million.

What if I told you that you have in your possession, today, something even more valuable than $31 million? I wonder if you would believe me. You see, every day that you awake to draw air into your lungs, you receive that deposit of sorts, though

it’s not measured in dollars. It’s measured in seconds.

Every day contains 86,400 seconds; every week more than 600,000; and every year more than 31 million. They are yours to spend as you please. The only catch is this: When each day is over, and after each week passes, and when the calendar turns, your “funds” expire. They have to be spent with urgency, for tomorrow your account will reset.

And because it will reset, and because we can only spend those precious seconds we have today, what we do with those seconds matters a great deal. We know this. No preacher behind a pulpit or columnist at a keyboard has to tell us this.

Yet, maybe we do need to be reminded.



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