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We Lose An Hour This Weekend

Suppose your bank credited your account each morning with $86,400, and every evening canceled out whatever part you had failed to use during the day. What would you do?  Why, use every cent, of course!

Well, you do have such a bank, and its name is TIME. Every morning it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it rules off, as lost, whatever of this you have failed to invest for a good purpose. We say that we lose an hour last night because we had to run our clocks forward, but I submit to you that we sometimes lose more than an hour by the way we live.

An old graduate had been called upon unexpectedly to speak at a chapel session during his college visit. Being unprepared, he asked the students what they wished him to talk about.

"About a minute," someone called out. Which he did as follows:

"In an old school book I read this: 'lost, yesterday, between sunrise and sunset, two golden hours, each set with 60 diamond minutes. No reward is offered for they are gone forever'.

You and I have two great gifts that go along with life: energy and time. We cannot waste either without great loss to ourselves.

We may fool ourselves into thinking that little things don't matter, but they are really the only things that do. A minute may seem little, but it is large enough for the greatest people to build their lives upon. You may say 'thank you' several times in 60 seconds. You can speak an encouraging word to some depressed friend in a minute. You can look up from the dining table and thank your mother for the great food you are eating.

You can get a new idea in a minute, or learn something well worth remembering in the same short time. It takes but a minute to read 10 verses of the Bible. You can change the course of your life in a minute. You can sing a verse of a cheery song or let a prayer for personal guidance run through your mind. A phone call to inquire about a sick friend takes but a minute. The use of minutes makes or breaks our days, and when it's all over — it takes only a minute to stop breathing."

Make sure that when you ran your clock up an hour that it's the only hour you lose this week!!

For His Cause,
Tim Woodward