I recently took my three year old son, Paul, to McDonalds for a burger and fries. I dumped the fries in the middle of the tray to share as we ate our burgers. But Paul was enjoying his burger so much, he forgot about the fries until he noticed the big dent I had made in the pile.
At that point, a concerned look came over his face, and after a moment of reflection, he proceeded to scoop all the remaining fries to his side of the tray. I then explained to him that we don’t hoard fries, we take turns eating the fries.
Paul learned a lesson about life that day that many adults still miss. Life involves taking turns. As we pass through life, we take turns in school, then at work, eventually we take turns retiring and finally we take turns dying.
Some people I played with when I was three have already taken their turn at dying and I may be next. That’s why I need 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.