The Value of Time: When Others Don’t See It

November 6, 2016 at 05:32 Leave a comment

Have you ever slept over a feeling of discomfort, distraught and distress, and at the middle of the night waking up still feeling those same emotions? I have. And today, I slept so early but because of the emotional dryness resulting from a moment of frustration and temper outburst, which is more draining and exhausting, woke me up in the middle of the night. And I know this is due to an earlier clash of reactions, but when others are blinded and simply not seeing the value of time. Although, I understand and admit that my ebullition demonstrated an unusual dreadfulness in me was plain wrong. However, I was trying to prove and explain a very important lesson and point, just as the Jesus said in Luke 6:31traet-others-as-you-wish-to-be-treated

“Treat others the same way you want them to treat you.” (NASB)

So if we want others to be kind to us, then be kind to others. If we want others to serve us well, then we should serve others excellently. But in a more specific issue, if we want others to respect our time, then let us respect other people’s time. And just a brief background where I am coming from. In the Philippines, time is not highly regarded as important as money, you’d see a lot of people talk about money but not the time or promptness. That is why promptness and tardiness are not as seriously considered as equitable with time compared to other countries. I’ve learned in my living away from home that time is a valuable thing because once lost can never be put back again. But what is disheartening is when the culture is used to “wasting” time, then you’d expect that individuals would think as such. People will apologize for being late (because of traffic, family event, etc. – just think of all the excuses), expecting another party to accept it. But an apology cannot be considered a real apology if there’s any 180° turn included in it. Anything that we say we won’t do anymore, but we keep on doing is not true repentance, making us false witnesses and a liar. And what is more depressing when others don’t see those points; that is always going to be okay to be late, because others would understand anyway (whether they like it or not), or because others will be late as well.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

-Philippians 4:8 (ESV)


How I wish, those people who are closest to me would realize the value of time. That is: if we want others to value our time, then let us value the time of other people. Especially as followers of Christ, let us be an example of excellence and respect so that others will see God’s glory in us. It is never okay to be inconsiderate of others while demanding consideration or respect from other people just because we wish it to be.

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

– 1 Corinthians 10:31 (NIV)

Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity,

– Titus 2:7

I hope and pray us, followers of Jesus, we are urged and motivated to live an excellent life. It doesn’t matter what status in life we are in or have right now, but what is more important is when strive in whatever we do in life brings glory to God. After all, we live to serve the Great King and Creator of the Universe.



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