Punctuality vs Tardiness
This is WEEK 36 of the Character Development Series I am doing for 2012. So glad you stopped by!
Punctuality is the politeness of kings. –Louis XVIII
Even if a farmer intends to loaf, he gets up in time to get an early start. –Edgar Watson Howe
Arriving late was a way of saying that your own time was more valuable than the time of the person who waited for you. – Karen Joy Fowler
1. strict observance in keeping engagements: prompt
2. precise; exact
Synonyms for Punctual: precise, prompt, timely, punctilious
Antonyms for Punctual: behind, belated, delayed, tardy
What the Bible Says About Being Punctual ( and Time Management):
Ephesians 5:15-16 Be very careful, then, how you live-not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.
Proverbs 16:3 Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.
Proverbs 13:4 The sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.
Psalm 31:15 My times are in Your hands; deliver me from the hands of my foes and those who pursue me and persecute me.
Ecclesiastes 3: 17 I said in my heart, God will judge the righteous and the wicked, for there is a time [appointed] for every matter and purpose and for every work.
Examples From The Bible:
Noah: God gave him a time table for preparing the Ark and gathering the animals in to it.
Solomon: Wise ruler who observed the following: Ecclesiastes 3: There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:
The Example Of Jesus To Us:
John 12: 23 And Jesus answered them, The time has come for the Son of Man to be glorified and exalted.
Romans 5: 6 While we were yet in weakness [powerless to help ourselves], at the fitting time Christ died for (in behalf of) the ungodly.
1 Timothy 6: 14-15 To keep all His precepts unsullied and flawless, irreproachable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Anointed One), which [appearing] will be shown forth in His own proper time by the blessed, only Sovereign (Ruler), the King of kings and the Lord of lords.
Ephesians 1: 10 [He planned] for the maturity of the times and the climax of the ages to unify all things and head them up and consummate them in Christ, [both] things in heaven and things on the earth.
Personal Thoughts and Application:
In some cultures it is not even an expectation that you will be on time and being delayed in arrival is considered “fashionably late”. But in America, that is not typically the expectation. We live in a society that thrives on schedules and punctuality. What does it say about us and our character if we are late, and particularly if we are habitually late to most if not all events and engagements? I think it says that we are undisciplined in being able to organize and manage our time or perhaps that we don’t have genuine concern for others and how our tardiness will affect them. Frankly, I think most would consider habitual lateness to be the equivalent of insensitivity, and rudeness. Making others wait, or making others also late is a form of selfishness. If we want to send the message to others that we genuinely care about and respect their time, then we need to make every effort to learn time management and make being on time a priority. If we don’t think that we will be on time, then communicating that to others who may be affected is the next responsible and honorable step.
PRAYER FOR YOU: May you learn to be a good steward of the precious commodity of time. May you learn to value how you use that time and how your schedules may impact others. May you reflect to others by being punctual that you are responsible, dependable and that you value their time as well.
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