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October 6, 2011

On The Bright Side – Mary Howell -October 5, 2011

Filed under: Mary Howell — Freddie Keel @ 6:12 am

On The Bright Side

Mary Howell


Time is one of the greatest possessions that God has given to us.  When He created the Heaven and earth, He set time into motion giving us 24 hours per day to use as we choose.


We do not know how much time we will have on this earth to live so we need to use every waking minute in a positive way.


We can either waste our time or let it just fly by.  My Dad often quipped and asked his friends, “Do you know why time flies?”  “To keep people like us from killing it”.


Dad was stickler for time. He was rarely late for anything when he had something to do or a place to go.  He made sure he was on time and most of the time he would arrive an hour early.


My sisters and I learned at an early ago to watch our clocks and be aware of time.  Dad was one who believed in an old saying “Early to bed, early to rise, makes one healthy, wealthy and wise.”


He often added his own twist to the saying “It’s better late than never”.   Dad said’ It’s best never late”.  Dad probably learned his lesson early in life when he started driving a school bus during his high school senior year.  He wanted everybody to be at school on time. He remembered one family that had six girls and five boys who were never fully dressed when the school bus arrived.  He would have to wait for the kids to come out, one by one, some without shoes and others without their proper books for the school day.


I have known families who did not have a certain time for anything.  The children had no time to eat together or time to go places or a scheduled time to go to bed.  When children grow up on that kind of environment, their ability to be prompt affects their adult lives. They fail to go to work on time. They want to stay up to all hours of the night without enough sleep to make it through the day.

I have also known people who never make it to church on time.  One lady who was always late to Sunday morning worship services told her husband “Well, It I take the time to get all dressed up, I want my friends to see me coming into the church‘


Years ago, I heard of a man who was late every where he went. He was late to his own funeral. The hearse had to wait for a passenger train and so the funeral had to be delayed until he arrived.  I am sure that afterward his friends referred to him as the late Mr. Joe Blow.


Let us all strive to use the time that God has given us so we can enjoy a life on the bright side.


October 5, 2011


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