But time just kept marching on. Like an old battle-worn soldier, he moved briskly to the cadence of a familiar drum beat. Left, right, left right, tick-tock, tick- tock ..time marched on.
But Time’s passing insult had wounded me. It demanded an apology, or at the very least, a proper explanation of the charges laid at my door. When did I ever misuse or waste time, I thought with a huff? Suddenly, as though he heard my vexed protest, time stopped in his tracks and doubled back in my direction.
“What right have you to take offense to the truth?,” he snapped . “Was I not there when God called you out of eternity–and into me? “ “Did He not fling you in time to fulfill purpose?” “But here you stand consumed with self-righteous ranker.” “Is there nothing to show for the Master’s investment?” “Step forward with proof if you have used me well.”
Time waited for my reply. But I stood still. His words pierced my heart and shamed me greatly. I cowered in a dark corner along the road, awestruck and speechless. My mind raced back to the many years lived unspent. The talent, the skills, all wasted as I waited for just the right time to “be.”
How clearly now I remember time’s earnest urging back then. “Now is the time” he kept pressing. “Now is the time to live your dreams. Step out and walk in destiny. “Pull on your faith and fly.” “You have what it takes to excel to great heights. “
Oh yes! I believed! I was convinced.Time was indeed on my side. But in that very moment of personal triumph, fear slithered in. “Come now my child, he said, “is all this talk of living your dreams really practical or even realistic?” “Beside, you’ve got time. Time to be cautious, be sure, play it safe.”
Yes, caution ruled that day, and countless others that followed. So now here I stand, beaten down by a life of “quiet resignation” and empty fulfillment. My dreams are dashed, my hopes long faded, now running very short on time.
Can I somehow catch up? Perhaps redeem the time? Recapture my dreams? Truly live my purpose? I grappled desperately for an answer. Time stood still, touched by my woeful state and shameless tears of regret.
He looked at my downcast demeanor and said with a deep sigh: “I will pass this way again. But I will not linger. I will not wait. He who is wise will heed the call to greatness. Those privileged enough to get a second chance, must seize this moment in time and run with determined urgency. Destiny awaits you.
Now is the time to act! Waste no more time."
Excerpt from my book, Wired To Win" Plug in, Power Up and Push Through to Personal Greatness"