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Don’t Be Late

Kenny was late almost every year. It became almost comical to those who knew him. I think it was a curse!

Kenny was a high school Sunday school teacher in a church I once served. He was a great guy. He had a wonderful wife and two beautiful girls. Everyone loved good ole Kenny.

You might call it the curse of Daylight Saving Time. It happens every year. It always happens at the same time. But every year, lots of people miss its coming.

It was advertised on the TV. It was announced at church. It was the rumbling of conversation for days leading up to it. But it didn’t matter, he would miss it.

As a high school Sunday School teacher, Kenny was expected to be at church and lead the boys’ class. The clock would strike, but there would be no Kenny. We’d wait…and wait…and wait.

In fact, one year, Kenny was scheduled to sing a solo in the early worship service. But you guessed it, he was a no show.

Now don’t get me wrong. Kenny wasn’t lazy. He wasn’t lacking in smarts. In fact, Kenny sincerely forgot. Every year, Kenny felt sorry for missing it. But in the end, he still missed it.

In the end, we learned to adjust to Kenny’s curse of Daylight Saving Time. We just knew not to schedule him to teach or sing that day. And today, all is well.

clockBut, the Bible tells us of a soon coming date when Jesus Christ will return. When that date arrives, it will matter if you miss it.

In Matthew 24, Jesus is asked about the signs of His coming and of the end of the age. Recently, there has been a lot of interest in “end time” events…with all the recent natural disasters such hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Jose…an earthquake in Mexico, etc.

But whether the end of the world is tomorrow or in fifty years, the real question is whether you will be ready…whether or not you will have “set your clock” spiritually.

The Bible tells us that “it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). Whether your end comes by way of death or comes by way of Christ’s return, will you be ready?

Why not take steps today to prepare for eternity now?


I have a rather strange habit when it comes to Daylight Saving Time. I set my clock ahead on Saturday morning. Then, I go through that whole day one hour ahead. Why? So I’ll not miss the clock change that night. “Why?” you might ask. Because as a pastor, I don’t want to be late to Sunday worship.

Guess what? When the end comes…you have an even more important date with the Lord God Almighty. Why not start today in preparing for tomorrow. Give your life to Jesus Christ today. Don’t be late to your most important date.