A bus driver became annoyed with his job because he had to wait 7 minutes after every run parked in a turn around area near open ground which litterbugs had made into an unofficial dump. He sat in his bus, sulking and complaining about the thoughtless people who had made such a mess.
SOMEBODY should DO something!
One day he decided to get out of the bus and pick up some of the tin cans and other rubbish lying around. He was amazed at how different it looked after just seven minutes.
In fact, it was so improved that he packed a few work tools in his bus next day and actually looked forward to the turn-around point of his route. He spent his 7 minutes a day clearing the area, and he became more excited about the improvements.
He cut snippings from his shrubs at home and cultivated them and transplanted them in “his” turn around area. He bought some more mature plants and also planted some flower seeds.
Within a few months many were riding to the end of the line just to see what he had accomplished by DOING something about the eyesore he had complained of before.
He only had 7 minutes at a time, but he made those minutes count.
What lessons can we learn from this bus driver?
Firstly, I think of all the “7 minutes” I have wasted.
Maybe I can no longer do enormous tasks,
but I have many “7 minutes” which I could use to achieve some purpose
and bring help/joy/encouragement/benefit to others.
Then I think of the gap
which seems to exist in many Churches and individual Christians,
between preaching and practice:
between belief and action.
Belief MUST take fruit in actions, or it is dead.
What do I complain about that *I* could do something about?
How many times do I say ’someone’ should do something,
when I am capable of doing it myself?
Mr Anon says:
# Wasting time is a kind of unarmed robbery
# All time is lost that can be better used
# Waste of time is the most extravagant and costly of all expenses
# Use time for the things that outlast it
I have only just a minute –
Just sixty seconds in it:
Forced upon me – can’t refuse it;
Didn’t seek it, didn’t choose it.
I must suffer if I lose it,
Give account if I abuse it.
Just a tiny little minute –
But eternity is in it!