Perhaps it was the wrong way to ask. A man approached a woman and asked, “Have you got the time?” The woman, evidently in a rush and not very polite, responded, “Yes,” and kept walking. I guess he should have asked, “Would you give me the time?”
Both questions have interesting implications:
- Have you got the time? Time for what? We all know that time is the one thing that cannot be recovered. Once we have spent it, it’s gone. Have you got the time to look at me, listen to me, share with me, endure with me, suffer with me, pray with me, rejoice with me, worship with me?
- Would you give me the time? Are you willing to invest in me? Can you allow me into your life? Is my presence in your life an interruption or an opportunity? Would you notice me, pay attention to me?
Okay, we have people who can be time thieves. They rob us, monopolizing our time for selfish reasons. We’ve all been guilty of that from time to time ourselves.
Time is precious, but can’t we better stewards of it? Ask yourself: “Who gets my time?” “Who should get my time that doesn’t?” If you measure how you distribute your time by how important you think you are, you may need a new measuring stick.
The Gospels are full of stories about Jesus dealing with interruptions. Seekers, ill people, children, outcasts, undesirables – all seemed to get the attention of Jesus when He could have spent His time some other way.
God, don’t let us miss the moment. Please don’t allow us to abuse the gift of time.