Neglecting Those Who Need You Most

Use every chance you have for doing good.
                               —Ephesians 5:16

Tommy asked his busy lawyer father, “Daddy, how much do you make an hour?”


Months later, Tommy tiptoed into his father’s home office.

Irritated by the interruption, his father snapped, “What do you want, Tommy?”

“Daddy, can I buy an hour of your time?” Pushing an envelope across the desk, Tommy said, “I’ve been saving my money. Here’s $300. Can I buy an hour of your time? Just you and me?”

I have a super-talented, super-nice, super-smart, super-busy friend. People and organizations solicit his time and involvement. He’s in meetings from early morning until late night. His adoring wife and two kids miss him. Noting all the requests for his attention, his wife said, “Every time you say “Yes” to them, you are saying “No” to us.

Measure the use of your time by how it will
be evaluated twenty years from now.

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