I remember it as clearly as if it just happened. I was sitting in my fourth grade classroom at Ridgeway Elementary School, and I happened to glance up at the clock. For some reason, I just sat there and watched the hands tick. A feeling suddenly overwhelmed me; I realized that every second was something passing that I would never be able to get back. Tic. Tic. Tic. Every second was time passing that was gone forever. I know: these are odd thoughts for an elementary boy to be having, but I doubt I am the only one this fact has hit home with.
As Christians, we know that God is the creator of time. We as humans are time-bound creatures; this fact cannot be escaped. Paul notes that, as servants of the true God, we must take an active view of time:
Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:16
We must, every day, seek to redeem, or buy back, the time. We must seek to make every moment as profitable as possible because are time is an evil one. May God grant us the grace to buy back as much of the day as we can.