Back in the 1800’s the Tates Watch Company of Massachusetts decided to market compasses for pioneers traveling west.
It turned out that although Tates watches were of finest quality, their compasses were so bad that people often ended up in Canada or Mexico rather than California. This, of course, is the origin of the expression, “He who has a Tates is lost!”
While that story may not be historically correct, the lesson that he who hesitates is lost is certainly a valid time management principle. We often miss the will of God because we come to a point where we hesitate to obey God’s direction and we loose out on getting God’s best as a result. What is the one thing right now that you’re hesitating on? An important phone call? Could it be speaking to a neighbor or coworker about the Lord? Whatever it is, remember that hesitation in doing the known will of God will result in lost opportunities. Choose instead to do it now 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.