A man answered a help wanted ad from the local zoo. He was told the gorilla had died and they needed someone to wear a gorilla suit, eat bananas, and swing from trees till they could get a new one. He accepted the job and things went well until the afternoon when he slipped from a tree and fell into the lion’s den. He immediately began screaming for help, when the approaching lion said, “Hey keep quiet or we’re all going to lose our jobs!”
That zoo symbolizes the way most people spend their time. They are pretenders, not with animal costumes, but pretending they will live in this world from now on. We all know we are going to die someday, yet does that have any real impact on how I will choose to spend my time today?
Death is often an unplesant thought. It’s more comfortable in the short term to pretend it won’t happen. But using today to prepare for eternity is the best way 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.