Here is a little discourse by Jonathan Edwards on how important our time is. I thought this might be fitting over the thanksgiving break. Enjoy!
Time is very short, which is another thing that renders it very precious. The scarcity of any commodity occasions men to set higher value upon it, espiecially if it be necessary and they cannot do without it. Thus when Samaria was besieged by the Syrians, and provisions were exceedingly scarce, “an ass’s head was sold for fourscore pieces of silver, and the fourth part of a cab of dove’s dung for five pieces of silver”–2 Kings 6:25.
So time is the more to be prized by men, because a whole eternity depends upon it; and yet we have but a little of time. “When a few years come, then I shall go the way whence I shall not return”–Job 16:22. “My days are swifter than a post. They are passed away as the swift ships; as the eagle that hastes to the prey”–Job 9:25-26. It is but a moment to eternity. Time is so short, and the work which we have to do in it is so great, that we have none of it to spare. The work which we have to do to prepare for eternity, must be done in time, or it never can be done; and it is found to be a work of great difficulty and labor, and therefore that for which time is the more requisite.
Time ought to be esteemed by us very precious, because we are uncertain of its continuance. We know that it is very short, but we know not how short. We know not how little of it remains–whether a year, or serveral years, or only a month, a week, or a day. We are every day uncertain whether that day will not be the last, or whether we are to have the whole day. There is nothing that experience does more verify than this.
If a man but little provision laid up for a journey or a voyage, and at the same time knew that if his provision should fail, he must perish by the way, he would be the more selective of it. How much more would many men prize their time if they knew that they had but a few months, or a few days, more to live! And certainly a wise man will prize his time the more, as he knows not but that it will be so for himself.
This is the case with multitudes now in the world who at present enjoy health, and see no signs of approaching death: many such, no doubt, are to die the next month, many the next week–yes, many probably tomorrow, and some this night; yet these same persons know nothing of it, and prehaps think nothing of it, and neither they nor their neighbors can say that they are more likely soon to be taken out of the world than others. This teaches us how we ought to prize our time, and how careful we ought to be, that we lose none of it.