“If You Are On Time, You Are Late!” (Philippians 2:4)

“You’re late!”

 

I glanced at my watch. It was precisely 10 AM, the time we agreed to meet. “What are you talking about?”

 

“Yes, I did say 10 AM but you should always try to arrive at an appointment a bit early. You have to prepare for the unexpected-traffic, no parking spaces, an accident.” I listened intently to my chief resident. “You think it is all about you but someday, other people will be depending upon you to be on time, and if you are late, it may not be your job on the line, it may be your entire team that is fired. Never forget! If you are on time, you are late!”

 

Whether the event is a casual get-together with friends, a formal interview, or attending a church service, punctuality is important. It communicates respect to the other party or the institution they represent. It also speaks of planning. On my nightstand, I have two alarm clocks, both battery operated, set to awaken me in the morning. I keep two separate internet browser-based calendars open on my desktop and smartphone to remind me of immediate and upcoming appointments. Perhaps it is a bit obsessive-compulsive but when other people are depending upon me to keep my appointments, it is no longer about myself. As my chief resident cautioned me so many years ago, the jobs and reputations of others may be affected.

 

Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.

Philippians 2:4 (ESV)

 

Josh McDowell, author, and evangelist, once shared an interesting story. “When I was a crusade director in British Columbia, all of our meetings were at 9:03. Somebody said ‘That’s ridiculous. Why did you do that?’ It’s because you remember it. You’ve never been to another 9:03 meeting.”

 

All Christian believers should do whatever it takes to remember and be on time for our appointments. It is our practical witness to the world that we genuinely respect the interests of others.

 

Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.

 

 

 

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