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Andrew Teaching

As the number of days in the semester wind down, and I anxiously mark days off the calendar waiting for Christmas break, I’m reminded of a homily I heard during one of our De Smet Jesuit community evenings when Fr. Mike Durso, S.J., told this story.

“Imagine that every day $86,400 is deposited into your bank account. You are free to do anything with the money. You can spend it on yourself, give it to family, or even donate it, however, every evening whatever is left over in the bank account is taken away. This deal may also stop at any given time without warning. What would you do?”

Immediately I started planning out exactly what I’d do. I could invest the money, that way when it did stop, I would still have some security. I could give away what’s left only after my expenses are met. I couldn’t purchase anything too big, in fear that the deal might stop and I’d be left with a hefty bill.

Fr. Durso, SJ, continued.

“Now imagine that this does happen to you every day, only instead of money you are given time. There are 86,400 seconds in every day. How will you spend it?”

How do I choose to spend it? While I sit here counting down to Christmas break, I am wasting valuable time. In fact, I waste a lot of time. Time is the one gift that I know I can give this ASC year. That’s what it’s all about. ASC is a chance to give back and what better way than with time? It is my hope and prayer that as I move forward  I will be able to see the value of time and choose to spend it in a way that is fulfilling.

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