Ever give much thought about the excuses for running late? I didn’t either until I read this post from RooMag.com
The Author Glynnis Whitwer writes this:
“The more truthful I got with myself, the more God revealed about the importance of being on time. I learned being late often reveals more about my heart than my organizational skills. As I grasped the implications of a life of lateness, my attitude and practices started to change. Not overnight. And not easily. But they did change. Today I’d love to share some of what I’ve learned.”
Oh man am I in trouble… No more excuses, no more blaming traffic, no more blaming the kids. I need to start learning to lean on God more about changing me.
She has some ideas of what she learned.
Being on time …
Tests my responsibility: God is always watching to see how faithful I am with the little He has given me. While we may dismiss certain areas of our lives as inconsequential, every daily practice has value to shape our character. Choosing to be on time is one way I can practice being trustworthy.
Honors others: “They never start on time anyway!” That thought bought me a few more minutes and justified a stop at Starbucks even though I was running late. But whether the meeting starts on time or not doesn’t justify being late. Arriving on time shows honor to the person who organized it. And I can offer to help the host with last-minute details.
Increases my ability to love: When I’m in a hurry, my capacity to love others diminishes. It starts with those closest to me as I get snippy and impatient. But showing up late also prohibits me from spending time with others. If I sneak in the back after something has started, I’ve lost opportunities to chat and catch up with people I care about. Just a few extra minutes gives me a chance to give someone a hug and ask about her children. It’s amazing how loved people feel with a bit of time and attention.
Teaches me discipline: I’ve found that if I want to make big changes in my life, I have to start with little ones. Being on time develops discipline … and that’s something I desperately need more of. It’s a training ground for bigger things.
I never gave a thought to how my lateness might affect others or what it may convey to others. I will be changing my attitude and my life.