Seventh-day Adventist Church
2003 NAB Offering Call
“Becoming Faithful Stewards”

Date: September 6, 2003
Appeal: Local Church Budget

Have you ever secretly wished that you had a army of employees at your command to enable you to get everything done? In some third world countries the labor for menial tasks is very cheap if you have the income of the average American. There is an abundance of household help, everything from gardeners, maids, nannies and cooks for very little money.

Are you thinking right now, I wish I could have had such a staff only yesterday? You did! Every morning at 12:00 a.m. God credits you with an army of 86,400 seconds. A poem by Philander Johnson in Everybody’s Magazine (May 1920) should impress you with the reality of those 8 6,4000 servants you have at your disposal:

The seconds that tick as the clock moves along are Privates who march with a spirit so strong The minutes are Captains. The hours of the day are Officers brave, who lead on to the fray. So, remember, when tempted to loiter and dream You’ve an army at hand: your command is supreme:
and question yourself, as it goes on review, Has it helped in the fight with the best it could do?

Appeal text: “There is a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted. . . a time to weep, and a time to laugh;... a time to seek and a time to lose.. . a time to love and a time to hate. . . a time to speak and a time to keep silent.” [Ecclesiastes 3:2-8]