In the quotation above, Mr. Buchwald refers to the opening words of A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. After Mr. Dickens begins with “It is the best of times, it is the worst of times” he goes on to compare wisdom and foolishness; belief and incredulity; light and darkness; hope and despair.
But the beginning used by Mr. Dickens sums up all other comparisons by using the words best and worst. It’s usually either/or in our lives: either best or worst, good or bad. If we recall the past, we see that on certain occasions we have been wise or foolish in our decision-making and our behavior.
In our day-to-day living we’ve either been hopeful or desperate. We either believe or we doubt. When you get right down to it, we are many times an either/or civilization. Rarely do we reside for long in a middle ground. Those who hesitate between commitment to either bad or good, wise or foolish, usually give in to compromise. I’ll leave it to you to decide if compromise is a valuable place for you to be.
But back to the original quotation above: “Whether it is the best of times or the worst of times, it is the only time we have.” As a high school basketball player, I didn’t enjoy the times we lost a game. But there was no changing the fact that we had lost. Those losses brought about the worst of times, but it was what it was—we lost, and we had to live with that fact.
In Ephesians 5:16, the Bible speaks of “redeeming the time.” In other words, make the most of your time. Are you gainfully using each moment, each day? We would be well-advised to be very aware of our time. If we aren’t careful, many seconds, minutes, and hours will slip by unproductively. Wasted time is irretrievable; it cannot be brought back.
I'm not saying we need to be constantly productive. We must take care of ourselves, giving our bodies their required rest. According to the Bible book of Genesis, even God rested.
So, today may be the best of times for you or today may be the worst of times for you. Either way, remember Mr. Buchwald’s words and realize that whatever way your time is, it’s the only time you have.
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