Time is precious

Have you ever heard the tale of the fisherman and the rich man?
While on vacation, the rich man sees a fisherman on the beach with only a few fish in his boat. The rich man asks, “How long did it take you to catch these fish?”

“Oh, an hour or two,” responds the fisherman.
“Why don’t you try to catch more with your spare time?”
“Why would I?”
“You could increase your earnings, perhaps buy a new boat!”
“My boat is just fine…”
“With a bigger and better equipped boat, you could catch even more fish!”
“But what would I do with more fish?”
“Even more income! And in a few years, you could surely hire one or two employees to work while you stay at home and spend time with your family.”
“Spend time with my family? That’s exactly why I only fish what we need: so that I can spend the rest of my day by their sides.”

I like this story because it reveals the societal pressure that so quickly traps us. We run in every which way and give no more though to what’s truly important. Our lives pass quickly; for some, faster than for others. Let’s not wait until it’s too late to spend our time on what matters, or to think about what matters. Let’s not wait to reconcile with our loved ones, and to tell them that we love them. Let’s not wait until it’s too late to reconcile with God.

Today, I encourage you to sit down and think about what matters.