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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.

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; 2½ years smoking; 2½ years in bed; 3 years waiting for somebody; 5 months tying shoelaces; 2½ years for other things; (incl. 1½ years in church)

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?

My Collection of Jokes, Quotes & Anecdotes

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. Ministry Advantage: Organising & Delegating p 45

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


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

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

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