Time redemption

Slam!! Pant, pant, pant. SLAM!! Rmmm. Rmmmm! RMMMMMM!! Skid-skid-screech-Honk!! And then, Zoooooom! These were the early-morning sounds that told us—even without looking out the window—that our favorite neighbor was blasting out of his front door, into his car, down the driveway, and then—Zoom!—off into the distance. And that, once again, he was running late!

There's nothing fun about running late—for a bus, for work, for a deadline. And the hundreds of time-management books and videos currently on the market tell us that millions of people want to avoid the agony of racing against the clock. They want to use their hours more effectively. And they long to recover somehow their lost hours, their wasted opportunities. In a word, they want to control their time—and not let time control them!

There's a particular time-management book—the Holy Bible—that I'd like to recommend. The Bible has a unique approach to the topic: the idea of "redeeming the time." Here's the way the Apostle Paul explains time redemption: "See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is" (Eph. 5:15—17).

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Independent thinkers and television
April 3, 1995

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