July 18, 2010
Text: Luke 10:38-42
The title for today’s message is: “Don’t Just Do Something! Sit There!”
I was standing in the Detroit airport a couple of years ago when a man came up to me and asked me if I had the time. I
read my watch and said, “It’s 3:42.” And the other pastor who was my traveling companion, chuckled and remarked
that it used to be that when someone asked you the time, a person would say, “Oh, it’s a quarter till blank or a half past
such and so.” But now, we say, “It is 3:42” or “8:51.” With the advent of the digital watch, our measurement of time has
become so precise. We ration out our minutes one by one.
In Africa, I heard a saying. They say that Africans have time, but they have no watches, while Americans have watches,
but have no time.
Do you ever feel that way, like you have no time? Or like you’re short on time? Or there’s never enough time? Of
course, that’s not really true, is it? You have exactly the same amount of time today as you had yesterday. You have
exactly the same amount of time as I do or anyone else. In fact, you have all the time there is. No one could possibly
have more time than you have. My point is that the problem really is not that there’s not enough time in the day. The
problem is what we choose to do with the time we have.