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2019 — 31,536,000 Seconds

In a New Year’s Day devotion, Pastor Richard Wurmbrand reminded readers not to hurry needlessly to save minutes, or to waste minutes we save on useless activities. (Pastor Wurmbrand was the founder of The Voice of the Martyrs.)

The pastor told the following story.

“An American urged a friend of his who had just arrived in this country, ‘Quick! Let’s run to catch the bus!’ When they were inside the bus, the happy American said, ‘We have saved three minutes!’ The visitor asked, ‘What do you plan to do with them?’

“People in advanced countries have no answer to this question,” Pastor Wurmbrand continued. “We do well to save minutes. Every minute is a jewel, but we often don’t realize its value until it’s too late….We hurry to save minutes, then squander what we have saved in unworthy activities, conversations, and amusements.

“Just as cashiers are answerable for every cent that has passed through their hands, a person who has lived 70 years will answer before God for 37 million minutes.”

What will you do with the 31,536,000 seconds in 2019?

(Source: Reaching Toward the Heights by Richard Wurmbrand. Edited for length, clarity, and age-appropriateness.)


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