Calling All Time Travelers

October 12, 2017

A decade or so back in time, MIT student, Amal Doral, threw a much publicized party he hoped would be one for all the ages.  He sponsored the first, and

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probably the last, Time Traveler Convention at the Boston campus.

“The chance that anybody shows up is small, but if it happens it will be one of the biggest events in human history,” said Mr. Doral.  And to entice those traveling back from the future, he offered dip and chips for all.  Cashing in on this free lunch, however, required proof of true time traveler status: Doral told takers to bring something like a cure for cancer or a future sports almanac.  No surprise – no one from the future showed up.

Actually, we’re all time travelers; but we’re traveling through time to the future, rather than back from it carrying information about scientific breakthroughs or the names of sports winners in advance to pad the pockets of gamblers today.

Time’s great value is stressed in a number of Bible texts but the Psalmist seems to have been the most conscious of using it wisely, writing, “Lord make me to know my end and what is the measure of my days” (Psalm 39:4).  He also saw the value of investing time wisely; praying, “So teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts to wisdom” (Psalm 90:12)

New Testament writers also gave great attention to time.  James stressed the brevity of life by comparing its length to a vapor that appears for a short time and then vanishes away.  Peter pointed out the mystery of time by explaining that to our Lord one day is as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day (2 Peter 3:8).

Time is priceless.

A dying queen is said to have cried, “Millions in money for an inch of time.”

Each of us is allotted a certain amount of time with part of it already spent.  How then shall we use what remains.

How do you want to use it?

How many of your remaining hours do you intend to spend in a negative, critical grumbling mood?

Is this a needless question?

Perhaps not.

You may secretly enjoy being down or down on others because of the attention it brings from other complainers who know that you will gladly furnish them plenty of moaning material.  After a meeting with you, they will have griping grist for weeks to come.

Thankfully, there is a better way to live.

We can seize each pleasant moment and squeeze out every ounce of joy it contains.

In his helpful, bestselling, book, “How to Win over Worry,” John Edmund Haggai says: “Give every moment your all.  Give your entire attention to the work at hand, the person with whom you are talking or dealing.  The Lord grants us time only in the quantity that we can use it—one moment at a time.”

And in a return to the Psalms, time travelers may discover the best advice of all: “This is the day which the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24).

Roger Campbell was an author, a broadcaster and columnist who was a pastor for 22 years.  Contact us at

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