Years ago the Salvation Army magazine featured a picture of a boat in a stormy sea. Around the boat were men and women hopelessly lost and perishing in the sea. In the boat was Salvation Army founder General William Booth reaching out his hands to the people.
When General Booth’s little grandson saw at the picture he asked, “Mama, what’s grandpa doing? Is he shaking hands with them or saving them?”
All around you, right this moment are people who are hopelessly lost and perishing. Does that fact have any effect on the way you will spend your time today? Will you simply shake hands and be pleasant? Or will you take the time to go deeper than that? Will you take the time to let a coworker know you care about their problem. Will you sit with someone different at lunch today and ask them if they have any interest in spiritual things?
Our purpose is not just to shake hands but to rescue the perishing and redeem the time.
Rick Grubbs is best known as the host of “Redeeming the Time,” a one-minute radio program featured on hundreds of radio outlets around the world. He has spoken thousands of times on Biblical time management in all 50 states and 26 other countries. He is the author of the book “Morning Momentum: God’s plan for launching an unstoppable day”. He and his wife Carrie live in Salisbury NC with several of their 12 children.