It has been said that the scourge of the pulpit is laziness. As true as that may be, today, one of the scourges of the pew is tardiness. In our Christian school, we have gone to great lengths and efforts to reduce tardiness. We have even imposed a “Class disruption fee” for habitually tardy students. We call it this because repeated tardiness not only shows and develops poor character, it is a major distraction and problem for the teacher and fellow students. All work stops while”Tardy Tommy” comes in, gets situated, turns in his homework, and makes a general nuisance of himself.
As inappropriate and annoying as this is in a classroom, it is even more detrimental and disrespectful when done in the church and the work of ministry. Here are a few thoughts to help us all develop better habits as it relates to being punctual. Can you image Jesus being late to all events and appointments? I think not!
Purposes for Punctuality
Redeem the time
See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. (Eph 5:15-16)
We are all complaining about how we do not have enough time in a day. Let’s not be a waster of time by missing those precious moments of instruction, work, and even pleasure by being late.
Respect the time of others
Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. (Php 2:3)
When we ar 10 minuets late and 6 people are waiting on us, we have wasted one man-hour of time in total, but six minutes of each persons life. Let’s not “steal” life and time from others.
Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. (1Co 10:31)
When we are late to church or our assigned ministry, we are being disrespectful to God. We are saying to God, “Your time is not important to me, God. Your place, God, is to wait on me.” How irreverent? We say that with our actions every time we are late to a meeting with and for God.
Retain a good testimony
A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one’s birth. (Ecc 7:1)
No one likes to always wait on the same person. What is YOUR reputation as it relates to punctuality?
How to be more punctual
You must adjust and apply these thoughts as it relates to your own issues.
Make a time-based agenda for the day or that portion of the day.
- Know when you are to be there. (Include time to park, walk, put up coat etc.)
- A leader should always be 10-15 minutes early. On time for a leader is late.
- Know and add how long it takes for you to shower and dress.
- Know and add how long it takes to load all in the car.
- Know and add how long it takes to drive to the appointment.
- Know and add typical distractions and delays you experience
- Add 15 minutes.
Submit to your schedule. Make your calendar your boss
But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway. (1Co 9:27)
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