You don’t have to be a Christian to understand the value of time. The person probably more responsible for the secularization of America than any other is the man known as the father of public education, Horace Mann. He was a 19th century educator who rejected the Christian faith, instead believing that man could achieve greatness without God through secular education. He once said, “What the church has been for medieval man, the public school must become for democratic and rational man. God would be replaced by the concept of the public good.”
Perhaps Mann’s life had such an impact because he diligently applied his time to furthering his cause. Listen to this quote from Mann:
Somewhere between sunrise and sunset,
Two golden hours,
Each set with sixty diamond minutes.
No reward is offered,
For they are gone forever.
As those who oppose God apply themselves full time to destroying any Christian influence in our culture, it places an ever greater burden on us as Christians to 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.