By: Danny Wallace
By: Danny Wallace
Time is precious – far too precious to be wasted. A combination of age and experience brings much wisdom in our ability to evaluate how much time some people require, and being honest with ourselves as to whether or not we can afford the cost.
When I started Danny Wallace Ministries it was the passion of my heart to be available to anyone, and everyone, no matter what their need. That passion remains the same. I venture to say that we are one of the few ministries with worldwide exposure that continues to publish my personal telephone number as our ministry contact. In this case, proof of passion can be judged by accessibility.
I was told years ago that my easy availability was doomed from the outset. Many well-meaning people told me it was impossible to offer, or maintain. Granted, there have been times when taking calls, and answering personal emails has been a challenge, but never has there been a time when it has proved to be impossible.
Throughout the process I have learned something I already knew in my heart. People are basically good, with good intentions. People are basically respectful of another person’s time, and would not dare abuse it. I believe that 95% of all people are basically honest, leaving us with another 5% that cause us all to lock our doors, and build fences around our “stuff” to keep the 5% from stealing it.
Although the platform of this ministry has been broadcast over countless satellites, in over 120 countries around the world, with my personal telephone number attached, most people have been, and remain extremely respectful of my time.
Time is valuable. I didn’t realize it so much when I was 21, but at 61 I understand well how few moments we each have been allotted on this earth. What we do with those moments is strictly up to us. We can use them up on those that even Helen Keller could discern as nothing more than “time wasters,” or we can invest them like nuggets of gold into the hearts of humble and sincere people seeking even a bread crumb of encouragement that will enable them to fly high on wings of Grace to one day drop loaves of bread to others.
The wisdom is in knowing the difference between the perpetual diner, wanting nothing more than to graze on crumbs of someone else’s time, and the Chef of Grace, ready to feed any broken bird that is simply seeking to find the strength to fly. One will eat as long as you’ll keep hauling food to the table. The other is dedicated to serving the best they can prepare, for appreciative hearts, temporarily desiring our investment of time. Once again, I’m sure age and experience brings much wisdom in our ability to discern the difference.
It is the tightrope of life, requiring unprecedented prayer. Under no circumstances should we ever abandon our pledge to bless, love, and forgive ALL people. Some we draw close, and some we step around. Again, time and experience brings wisdom in knowing the difference. We will never need to step ON anyone to accomplish what God has placed each of us on this earth to do. Rest assured however, we will have to step AROUND several to reach our destiny, and to help those who are truly seeking theirs.
Knowing this, you can also rest assured that those who are “stepped around” will most likely scream for attention, as if they have been stepped on. Do not be dismayed. These are time whores that will cease their squawking the moment someone else temporarily falls for their endless chatter of “woe is me,” perpetual brokenness. I say temporary, because no person possesses the ability to offer a solution to that which an abuser of time is unwilling to subscribe. Such a person has but one agenda, and that is to use, abuse, and then squawk incessantly until someone feels sorry enough for them to waste their breadcrumbs of time on a person so self-absorbed that they can never be filled, or satisfied. In fact, a solution removes the time whore’s sole purpose for living. If a solution is offered their stage is removed, and the theatrical production has ended.
In closing, there is one thing we should know about time and each of its participants. Those who would seek to waste our time are equally as valuable to God as those who respect it. Therefore, this article is not about the worth of a person, but rather, it is about expiration of time. We each have only a specific amount of seconds allotted to our earthly account. When the final moments in our account are spent, they are forever gone. There will be no additional earthly seconds deposited to our account. When the privilege of this life has been spent, it is forever bankrupt. Granted, real life – eternal life begins at that very moment, but the purpose of the precious seconds we were each allotted here on this earth will be finished forever.
Invest your time where it matters. We must all discern quickly between a chronic “time whore,” and the sincere, although “temporarily broken” heart that desperately needs our investment of time so they can fly high to feed the future multitudes who are seeking true freedom. Knowing the difference will respect our limited resource of time, and serve God’s Kingdom well.