CPT the abbreviation for “Colored People Time”, a byword for our people. We are seen as habitually late people that have that “I don’t care” attitude. Can we really be upset? Or do you even notice when it’s said, since it’s said so much?
As Israelites, we are to be known as people of The Most High, we are his chosen and should behave as such. We should be known as people of our word, trustworthy and dependable. Not slothful, unconcerned or always late, whether it be to an event or an assignment. We have all been guilty of not being on time. I know I have, but we must make a change and put ALL our effort into meeting deadlines and being where we need to be on time.
Let’s put ourselves on the other side:
EX: 1 – You invite a family over for dinner. You let them know dinner will be served at 6pm. They show up at 7:30pm nonchalantly with an insincere apology.
EX: 2 – Every month you look forward to reading from a monthly subscription and some months nothing is published. It’s a hit and miss.
EX: 3 – You teach a class and assign homework. For the most part everyone turns it in, but you have a few that don’t with no explanation.
EX: 4 – You have some employees that always show up late, that slows down the production and the company begins to lose money. You speak to them regarding timeliness but they continue to be late.
Take a minute to think about how that makes you feel. How does it make them look?
Depending on the situation the impression is that the individual is unloving, unconcerned, self-absorbed, and self-concerned. It can cause frustration, unnecessary stress, and make you feel like you have wasted time waiting on the individual. It can also cause irritation, that in turn causes anger. That is exactly how we have made someone think and feel about us!
When we force our brethren to wait on us for a dish that is late for a feast, interrupt a class, turn in assignments/articles late is just plain rude. It is understandable when there is unforeseen and unavoidable circumstances, as long as we remember to communicate.
Hebrews 13:16; “But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.”
Being late continually demonstrates that we have no zeal, no diligence, no faithfulness and that we are not trustworthy! Everything we do should be done wholeheartedly and knowing for who.
Colossians 3:23; “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.”
In order to overcome the bad habit of being late here is a list that, Most High willing, will help us all:
1. Be aware of time.
2. Plan ahead – Before committing to something take some time to think before you say yes.
Luke 14:28-30; “28 For which of you, intended to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? 29 Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, 30 Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.”
3. Leave plenty of time for anything unexpected.
4. **Recognize the spiritual impact you are leaving on others.
5. **Motivate yourself for the love of your brethren.
Romans 12:10-11; “10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; 11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord.”
6. **Desire to maintain a good reputation for the Most High and Yahawashi
Proverbs 22:1; “A GOOD name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.”
7. Pray for Wisdom and Help – Remember the Most High promised wisdom if it is asked of him.
James 1:5; “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”
8. Commit for the right reasons. Over-promising will cause under delivering. There is no need to be over-involved.
1st Corinthians 14:40; “Let all things be done decently and in order.”
Galatians 6:9; “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”
After reading this meditate on the changes you need to make, not the neighbor, your child, husband, sister etc. We can be quick to blame but that won’t solve anything. Work on yourself and the rest will follow.
Remember PLAN, PRIORITIZE, PREPARE, and EXECUTE!