Time Lord or Time Hoard? (Diet for Dreamers)


Time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’; Into the future! (from “Fly Like an Eagle” by Steve Miller)

We mentioned in our last post that time is our most valuable commodity. We’re granted a certain amount of it and when it’s gone it’s gone!  So we need to use it wisely. But time, like money, is also a precious resource that needs to be shared. If we’re pursuing a dream, working to achieve a goal, we tend to be stingy with our time. We tend to use our resources, including time, sparingly. It’s easy to get the mindset that we can’t afford to spend any of our precious time for anything or anyone but ourselves. Like a miser, we begin to hoard our time. But do we really want to get that obsessed with our dreams? Is that truly the ticket to success?

“Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, ‘What’s in it for me?’”  (—Brian Taylor, Author and Speaker on Self Development)

But what does God think?  “Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full — pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.” (Luke 6:38 NLT)

This is called the Law of Reciprocity: what we share with others eventually comes back to us — some way, some how, in some desirable form. It’s one of life’s great mysteries, but it works. And it applies not just to money, but also to love, acceptance, forgiveness … and time. There are many scriptures that reiterate this law, and unknowingly, even non-believers have embraced it, associating it with the idea of good karma and the phrase “what goes around comes around.”

So, it actually pays to make time for others. Stop viewing people as interruptions to your plans. People aren’t problems, but people often have problems. Help a few of them, and you help yourself. So, share your life. Share your resources: your money, your talents, your time! That’s what you need to do if you really want to achieve your goals and, in the words of the Steve Miller Band song, “fly like an eagle”!

Ask yourself, are you going to be a Time Lord or Time Hoard? What’s a “Time Lord”? Doctor Who is a Time Lord. No, not  Dr. who? Doctor Who!; the eponymous hero of the BBC’s long-running pop culture SF hit. The good Doctor travels through the past, present and future in his Tardis, a sentient time-defying spaceship, the exterior of which appears as an ordinary British police callbox. Doctor Who surfs through time looking for trouble. Hang on, that didn’t exactly come out right. Doctor Who moves through time looking for problems he can fix and people he can help.

When you think about it, we’re all moving through time, albeit in one direction, the future. And, like Doctor Who traveling in his Tardis, we may look like ordinary individuals passing the time, but we all have the potential to make a difference in our world. So, who are you: a Time Lord or a Time Hoard?