We measure our time by seconds, minutes and hours. Each of us only has a limited amount of time on earth, so it’s important we don’t waste our time or others. A plane flight, a party, a dinner date, or a work meeting, it does not matter what the event is: each has a defined time period at which you should be present.
Today many people consider a lack of punctuality “okay.” I sometimes wonder if I am the only person who values punctuality anymore. As a trainer, I have heard every excuse that can be made, and they are all just that: excuses.
Everyone at some point or another has something happen out of their control that makes them late. However, when someone makes a habit of being late, and everyone expects them to be late, they are more than late: they are rude. They consistently show a lack of respect for other people’s time. In a way, they have become a thief: they have stolen time from others that could have been used for another purpose.
The father of our country, George Washington, was a stickler for being on time. He demanded it of everyone he came into contact with during his lifetime. George must have gotten along well with Benjamin Franklin because he was also known for holding punctuality as being of the utmost importance.
All of our time is a valuable commodity, no matter who you are or what you do in life.
Does the Bible say, “Thou shalt not be late?” No. But it does tell us to love one another. It also says that love is not rude, and that we are to treat others as more important than ourselves.
When you are late and cause someone to wait for you, you may be doing more harm than just disrespect. You will likely also aggravate them, maybe causing them to become angry and/or stressed. You have become a stumbling block for them.
When we make an appointment or set up a meeting for a certain time, it is an agreement by us to the other party. Being punctual shows that we value them and their time. It conveys dependability and responsibility.
If you wish to be a leader and gain respect, you should always show up on time, otherwise, how can you ever ask the same from anyone else?
Do you want to be known as someone who is trustworthy and dependable?
If you’ve developed some bad habits for being late – it’s not too late for you to overcome them. The first step is to realize that your actions affect your character and also the lives of those around you. Being more responsible with your time will help you develop good character. You cannot control other people, but you can always control yourself. Being reliable and punctual will give you an edge in life.
Philippians 2:3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.