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Sermon Illustrations: Time

Great men never complain about lack of time. Alexander the Great and John Wesley accomplished everything they did in 24 hour days.


Winston Churchill is reputed to have written 10,000 words of original composition each day, in the heat of the desert and while conducting the affairs of WW2.


If you want work well done, select a busy man - the other kind has no time. Elbert Hubbard


Time is the deposit each one has in the bank of God and no one knows the balance. Ralph W. Sockman


We should give of our time, liberally for Him. If one lives to be 70 years of age and is the average person, he spends 20 years sleeping; 20 years working; 6 years eating; 7 years playing; 5 years dressing; 1 year on the telephone; 2 years smoking; 2 years in bed; 3 years waiting for somebody; 5 months tying shoelaces; 2 years for other things; (incl. 1 years in church)


A Day in the Life of the Human Machine. If you happen to be an adult of about average weight, here's what you do in 24 hours: Your heart beats 103,689 times. Your blood travels 270 million kilometres. You breathe 23,040 times. You inhale 13 cubic metres of air. You eat 1.7 kilos of food. You drink 1.3 kilos of liquids. You lose in weight 3.5 kilos of waste. You perspire 1 litre. You give off 30 degrees Celsius. You turn in your sleep 25-30 times. You speak 48,000 words. You move 750 major muscles. Your nails grow .015 mm. Your hair grows .5mm. You exercise 7,000,000 brain cells. (It pays to take care of the machine... There are no replacement parts for sale!) The Scholastic.


At times, Jesus was very busy. But He was never hurried. You never see Him complaining irritably, "Who touched my coat? I've gotta be at the mountain to preach in five minutes."


To realise the value of one year ask a student who failed a grade. To realise the value of one month ask a mother who gave birth to a premature baby. To realise the value of one week ask the editor of a weekly newspaper. To realise the value of one hour ask the lovers who are waiting to meet. To realise the value of one minute ask a person who missed the train. To realise the value of one second ask a person who just avoided an accident. To realise the value of one millisecond ask the person who won a silver medal in the Olympics.


Whatever your gender, if you spend an hour or so each day primping and preening - make-up, hair, clothing - and five minutes in prayer and reading the Bible, isn't that an indication of your priorities?


62% Percentage of people who say they are sometimes or often too busy to sit down to eat. 35% Percentage of people who say they eat lunch at their desk. Time 11-10-04 p 20


the US Patent Office website, www.uspto.gov, If you type in "life expectancy." For example, you discover the truly bizarre Life Expectancy Timepiece. Patented in 1991 by David Kendrick of Berkshire, New York, it is described as a device for "monitoring and displaying an approximate time remaining in a lifespan of an individual." It's all electronic and once you've entered a range of personal information, it will count down the years, days, hours, minutes and seconds you have left, like a human "distance to empty" display. Reader's Digest September 2000 p 116


The average woman spends about three months of her life and about $80,000 shopping for shoes. The average consumer will spend six months of their life in a supermarket, visiting twice a week and spending at least half an hour each trip. Reader's Digest July 2006 p 22


There is always enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein. H. Jackson Brown


Over their lifespan, women spend nearly three years getting ready to leave the house. Before a big night out, women typically spend 22 minutes showering, 7 minutes moisturising, 23 minutes doing their hair 14 minutes on make-up and 6 minutes dressing. Reader's Digest February 2008 p 18


Over sixty years ago Charles Schwab, chairman of the Bethlehem Steel Company, asked a management consultant to give him advice on how he could better manage his time. The management consultant, Ivy Lee, told Schwab that each evening he should write down the six most important things he had to do the next day and list them in the order of importance. When Schwab asked Lee how much he owed him for his advice, Lee told him to use the plan for a few months and send him a check for whatever Schwab felt the advice was worth. Schwab sent Lee a check for $25,000 - a significant amount of money in those days. Ministry Advantage: Organising & Delegating p 10


It's true that time is money. Oil tycoon H.L. Hunt gave up smoking cigars. Not because of his health, but for profit. He calculated how long it took him to unwrap and smoke his cigars and realised the time he spent doing this cost him $300,000 a year in time he could otherwise spend doing his work.


Studies have shown that leaders fail because of poor delegation more than from any other cause.1


Over your lifetime you spend: 2.5 years driving a car; 6 months waiting at red lights; 5 years waiting in line; 6 years eating; 2 years returning phone calls; 1 year looking for misplaced objects; 23 years in bed; 7 years in the bathroom; 8 months opening junk mail; These activities add up to about 50 years of your life. www.sanjoseca.gov


1 Ministry Advantage, Organising and Delegating p45