Last week we discussed the special pressure attached to a fourth and goal situation with the game on the line. Today we examine a somewhat different but, in its own right, equally important pressure-point in a football game—the two-minute drill. As the clock is winding down, the ability to execute on offense becomes more and more intense. Why? Because every second on the clock represents opportunity. It means that there is still hope—still a chance. Joe Montana, during his multiple-Super-Bowl-winning career, was the master of the two-minute drill. Why? Because he had an ability to slow the game down and make each and every one of those precious 120 seconds count for as much as possible. Montana consistently displayed an almost unparalleled brilliance in mixing the twin demands of game management and clock management. As a result, as long as the clock was still ticking, Montana’s San Francisco 49ers were still in it with a chance to win it.
For the follower of Christ, it is not so much a matter of game and clock management as it is the balance of life and time management. Time is an extraordinary resource, but none of us has it in limitless supply. How can we use time wisely so that we maximize in our lives for Christ every opportunity that arises? Consider, if you would, several biblical principles about time management:
- God Himself works within the framework of time. Paul wrote, “But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law” (Galatians 4:4), reminding us that the coming of Christ was not just in time—it was the right time.
- Part of life management is recognizing not just the right thing or the right time, but the right thing at the right time. The wise King Solomon said, “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1).
- Time can be wasted or time can be spent, but time needs to be redeemed. Paul told the church at Ephesus to redeem “the time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:16), because we need to “buy up” (redeem) or make the most of every opportunity we are given. We don’t want to waste anything.
- Use of time involves wisdom and witness, as Paul told the church at Colosse, “Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time” (Colossians 4:5).
In the normal living of life, we don’t face many two-minute drills (though, metaphorically, we occasionally will). What we do face, however, is this extraordinary gift of one of life’s only non-replaceable resources—time. What we do to manage and maximize that time will reveal much about our hearts and values—and will reflect on our God.
Bill Crowder, Sports Spectrum Chaplain