I have no experience of being late for church or for other appointments. Our family was always one of the first to arrive. Thirty minutes early. We were the unofficial greeters.
It amazed me, then, to see my wife’s family. They were as regular as clockwork. At five after the hour, they’d rush in and find a seat. I first found it humorous. Then not so. Fortunately, Wife and I have worked out a fairly good arrangement. We’re never late, but sometimes rush to get there 20-25 minutes ahead of time. After all, we have the keys and have to set up chairs and such in the rented room.
So I appreciate this article that Steve Preston republished in his BibleTalk. I don’t know the author. Here it is, in its entirety, below the fold.
BLESSINGS FROM BEING PUNCTUAL
By Craig Evans
Growing up I was in “that family.” You know the one. The one by which you measure yourself. My family was the “late family.” If you pulled into the church parking lot and saw the brown ’78 Toyota Cilica or silver Caviler station wagon, you know you were late. I think now about all the things our family missed out on by being late. There are many blessings to being on time for worship services and Bible study.
- Being on time gives time for fellowship. Spending time conversing and building up other Christians is a blessing (Heb. 10:24).
- Being on time gives one time to prepare for worship. When we are late, we feel rushed. By getting to worship on time, there is time to relax and focus on studying God’s Word.
- Being on time is an encouragement to Bible teachers. They have spent a great deal of time preparing. When a child comes in late, teachers often restart the lesson. Precious time is lost. It is an interruption and distraction to the adult class, too.
- It sets a good example. We are on time for things that are important to us. Let’s show our children and our church family that worship and Bible study are important.
Let us always try to be on time for worship and Bible Study. [“Whoso keepeth the commandment shall know no evil thing; and a wise man’s heart discerneth time and judgment” (Ecclesiastes 8:5)]