30 Seconds to Show Time

In 1982, soul singer Teddy Pendergrass was in an automobile accident which left him paralyzed. One of the good things to come from the accident said the entertainer is, “It has given me a chance to catch up with a lot of praying time. For years I was running”, he continued. “I might have wanted to take the time to talk to my Creator, but it was always 30 seconds to show time”.

Thirty seconds to show time! CONSIDER, we don’t have to be an entertainer to know what that means. Doctor, lawyer, homemaker…there never seems to be enough time to do all that needs to be done, let alone all we would like to do. I even hear from those who have finally reached that Rest and Relaxation time of retirement say, “Gee, I’m as busy as ever.” They can be more selective as to what they have to do, yet there’s more to be done than time to do it. We are busy…busy…busy people and life always seems to be “30 seconds to show time!”

One Sunday, the hymn at our church was certainly an old favorite “Take Time to be Holy.” In the New Testament, the word holy means to be “separated from sin and united with God”. The same root word makes up the word saint. The New Testament refers to all Christians as saints, that is “people set apart from the world”. As saints, we are to take time to be Holy, not only to be separated but to be with the Lord.

The hymn says it best…
Take time to be holy,
Speak oft with thy Lord
Take time to be holy,
The world rushes on
Take time to be holy,
Spend much time in secret, with Jesus alone.”

Rev. Wendell Mettey
Revised 2/24/2014

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