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Twilight Zone‘s Time Enough at Last (episode 8 of season 1) was based on a short story by Marilyn Venable. In this amazing episode, a man with a “passion for print” can never find enough time to read. After emerging from a bank vault, he realizes a bomb has killed the rest of the human population. He takes relief in knowing that at last he has time to read until his eyeglasses shatter.
Maybe it is our own tight schedules that make us empathize with this man. The wife and boss torment this man so much that it can be difficult to appreciate their validity. However, they do have a point. Relationships and careers deserve attention, focus, and time. It would seem our bookish friend has neglected them in his quest to entertain himself.
This tale is about a form of greed. People can have an intense desire to use their time selfishly just like others hoard excessive amounts of money. As Christians, we have made Jesus Christ the Lord over our lives. This means all of our money and time actually belong to God. We know the secret to the kingdom of God is that we must give some to gain more. Christians who tithe and freely give money receive God’s plentiful blessings. Likewise, God will free up some time in the schedules of those who volunteer for ministry, community, or to help a friend.
Time Enough at Last reminds us to dedicate our attention, focus, and time to those around us. For Christians, it could be considered a call to be generous with our money, time, or whatever we are tempted to greedily desire for selfish purposes. This may seem like a big sacrifice, but it is not. After all, Christ gave up His entire life for us.
NOTE TO HOLLYWOOD: Short stories are an incredible inspiration for quality films.
NOTE TO WRITERS: A certain way to grab the reader’s attention and make a point is to take a situation to the most extreme.
*Kim Bond is a Christian author and editor. Visit her at www.drawneartochrist.com.