Time (duplicate)

Time, a precious gift

For everything
there is a season and a time for every matter
under heaven:    Ecclesiastes 3:1

Throughout the
Bible, there are numerous references to time. From
the creation story through the Epistles, the value
of time is referred to again and again. Scripture
speaks of appropriate times, of using time well,
and of being prepared for coming events.

Time is truly a
precious commodity, possibly our most precious. In
the old stewardship trinity of time, talent, and
treasure, it may hold greater value than even the
most costly treasure. We can earn or be given more
treasure. We can develop new talents. But the time
we have, is all we have. It is a limited
commodity, which gives it great value.

As much as the
church needs “treasure” to function, it needs the
time of its members just as much, if not more. We
serve Christ in the mission of the church by
dedicating time to the work of the church in the
world. We give time to the various ministries
available through our parish or in our everyday

Sometimes well-intended, faithful, people will
attempt to substitute financial contribution
(treasure) for their contribution of time. We are
called to give of our time, talent, and treasure,
not substituting one for another. Often it is
harder to give time than money. That makes the
contribution of time an even dearer gift.