Category Archives: Punctuality

Quotes on Punctuality

I give it as my deliberate and solemn conviction that the individual who is habitually tardy in meeting an appointment, will never be respected or successful in life.—REV. W. FISK. 

I have always been a quarter of an hour before my time, and it has made a man of me.—LORD NELSON. 

Unfaithfulness in the keeping of an appointment is an act of clear dishonesty: You may as well borrow a person’s money as his time.—HORACE MANN.

It is no use running; to set out betimes is the main point.—LA FONTAINE.

I could never think well of a man’s intellectual or moral character if he was habitually unfaithful to his appointments.—EMMONS.

Five minutes in a crisis is worth years. It is but a little period, yet it has often saved a fortune or redeemed a people. If there is one virtue that should be cultivated more than another by him who would succeed in life, it is punctuality; if there is one error that should be avoided, it is being behind time. — Freeman Hunt.

God is seldom early; but He’s never late!— Unknown

Character Gets Noticed

In 1737, Colonel Spotswood, late governor of Virginia, and then postmaster-general, being dissatisfied with the conduct of his deputy at Philadelphia, respecting some negligence in rendering, and inexactitude of his accounts, took from him the commission and offered it to me. I accepted it readily, and found it of great advantage; for, tho’ the salary was small, it facilitated the correspondence that improv’d my newspaper, increas’d the number demanded, as well as the advertisements to be inserted, so that it came to afford me a considerable income. My old competitor’s newspaper declin’d proportionably, and I was satisfy’d without retaliating his refusal, while postmaster, to permit my papers being carried by the riders. Thus he suffer’d greatly from his neglect in due accounting; and I mention it as a lesson to those young men who may be employ’d in managing affairs for others, that they should always render accounts, and make remittances, with great clearness and punctuality. The character of observing such a conduct is the most powerful of all recommendations to new employments and increase of business.

-Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

Behind Time

The best-laid plans, the most important affairs, the fortunes of individuals, the weal of nations, honor, life itself, are daily sacrificed because somebody is “behind time.” There are men who always fail in whatever they undertake simply because they are “behind time.” There are others who put off reformation year by year, till death seizes them; and they perish unrepentant, because for ever “behind time.” Five minutes in a crisis is worth years. It is but a little period, yet it has often saved a fortune or redeemed a people. If there is one virtue that should be cultivated more than another by him who would succeed in life, it is punctuality; if there is one error that should be avoided, it is being “behind time.”


God Is Seldom Early But He’s Never Late

One of the greatest protections that every Christian has from making wrong financial decisions is purposing not to move forward on any program unless and until the funds are provided. Hudson Taylor said, “God’s work done in God’s way will not lack God’s support. He is just as able to supply funds ahead of time as afterward and He much prefers doing so.”

God will use the supply of money or the lack of it to confirm His direction for many of our financial decisions. If the funds are not available, it could be for several reasons:

Either we have misspent the money; we don’t need the item; or God may be testing our faith by providing the funds just when they are needed.

Before I left Northern Ireland to attend Bible college in the United States, my father sat me down and told me that they weren’t able to pay for my Bible school education for two reasons: 1) they couldn’t afford it, and 2) they wanted me to learn to trust God for the money without borrowing and without making my financial needs known to anyone but the Lord.

Half way through one school year, I didn’t have enough funds to pay for the next term. I sensed the Lord leading that if the funds were not provided on a certain day by 4:00 p.m. then I would take that as his direction for me to return home. The day of the deadline arrived, and at 3:50 p.m. God had still not provided the money. Then the telephone rang and I was asked to go immediately to the school office. I was asked if I had all of the money to pay my school bill. I told them I hadn’t and how I sensed the Lord’s leading to put a deadline at 4:00 p.m. that afternoon. I was then told that before I even came into the school office, an anonymous donor had placed enough money in my school account to take care of my entire school bill. I looked at the clock, and it was just seconds before 4:00 p.m. God had confirmed His direction with the precise timing of a gift.

Morris Hull

Five Probing Questions Related to Punctuality

  • Do you plan on getting to an event before it starts or as it starts?
  • Do you know how to graciously excuse yourself from conversations that hinder you from being on time?
  • Do you pay those who serve you on their schedule of billing or fit them around your convenience of payment?
  • When is the last time you got an overdue notice on a bill you owed?
  • Do you pay your bills to get them out of the way, or do you do it as a testimony and an expression of appreciation?

Character Clues Game

Yellowstone’s Old Faithful

Old Faithful erupts more frequently than any of the other big geysers in Yellowstone National Park. Its average interval between eruptions is about 76 minutes, varying from 45 – 110 minutes. An eruption lasts 1 1/2 to 5 minutes, expels 3,700 – 8,400 gallons (14,000 – 32,000 litres) of boiling water, and reaches heights of 106 – 184 feet (30 – 55m). It was named for its consistent performance by members of the Washburn Expedition in 1870. Although its average interval has lengthened through the years (due to earthquakes and vandalism), Old Faithful is still as spectacular and predictable as it was a century ago.

Lifetime in Minutes

Dr. Leslie Weatherhead, in his book, Time for God has a mathematically calculated schedule which compares a lifetime of “three score years and ten” with the hours of a single day from seven in the morning to eleven at night.

If your age is:

  • 15, the time is 10:25 AM
  • 20, the time is 11:34 AM
  • 25, the time is 12:42 PM
  • 30, the time is 1:51 PM
  • 35, the time is 3:00 PM
  • 40, the time is 4:08 PM
  • 45, the time is 5:16 PM
  • 50, the time is 6:25 PM
  • 55, the time is 7:34 PM
  • 60, the time is 8:42 PM
  • 65, the time is 9:51 PM
  • 70, the time is 11:00 PM

How to Demonstrate Punctuality

at Home

  • Giving priority to appointments made with family members.
  • Assisting other family members so they can be where they need to be, on time.
  • Being in the car in good time so as not to make the whole family late.
  • Going to bed on time in order to get up on time the next day.
  • Promptly responding to letters and phone calls.
  • Being quick to praise other family members.
  • Paying bills promptly.

at Work/School

  • Working ahead so as to complete homework assignments and projects on time.
  • Being at your desk before class begins.
  • Being on time for appointments.
  • Planning each day’s activities ahead of time.

at Church

  • Arriving early before each service begins.
  • Not holding grudges with other church members – being quick to forgive.
  • Giving your tithe promptly each week.

Character Definitions of Punctuality

  • Learning to arrange my schedule around the appointments that are made. (Character Clues Game)
  • Showing esteem for others by doing the right thing at the right time. (International Association of Character Cities)
  • Showing esteem for other people and their time. (Character First!)
  • exact in keeping time and appointments; done at the exact time (The CHAMBERS DICTIONARY on CD-ROM)

Bible Stories Related to Punctuality

  • Abraham when asked to offer Isaac (Gen. 22:1-18) (Key Verse:3)
  • Esther in responding to Mordicai’s plea and he in carrying out her request (Esther 4)
  • Jesus’ Birth and Death (Luke 2 and 23) (Key Verses: Gal. 4:4-5 and Rom 5:6)
  • The Magi in bringing gifts to Jesus (Luke 2:1-12) (Key Verse: 11)

-Ideas from the Boulden Family

Bible Verses Related to Punctuality

Spend an evening (or several) looking at just one of these verses at a time. Discuss with your family what each verse or story teaches about the character quality; and give vital application of how this quality can be applied to your family. Choose several verses to memorize together as a family during the month. Since the English word “punctuality” does not appear in the Authorized Version, we have included a list of verses which relate to this important character quality.

Genesis 21:2 For Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him.

Esther 4:14 For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, [then] shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for [such] a time as this? {enlargement: Heb. respiration}

Psalms 37:39 But the salvation of the righteous [is] of the LORD: [he is] their strength in the time of trouble.

Psalms 56:3 What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.

Psalms 108:2 Awake, psaltery and harp: I [myself] will awake early.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 He hath made every [thing] beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.

Song of Solomon 2:7 I charge you, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, by the roes, and by the hinds of the field, that ye stir not up, nor awake [my] love, till he please. {I charge…: Heb. I adjure you}Ecclesiastes 3:1 To every [thing there is] a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

Matthew 5:25 Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison.

Matthew 24:44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.

Matthew 25:10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.

Mark 13:33 Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.

Mark 14:72 And the second time the cock crew. And Peter called to mind the word that Jesus said unto him, Before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice. And when he thought thereon, he wept. {when…: or, he wept abundantly, or, he began to weep}

Romans 5:6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. {in due time: or, according to the time}

Romans 13:11 And that, knowing the time, that now [it is] high time to awake out of sleep: for now [is] our salvation nearer than when we believed.

1 Corinthians 15:34 Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak [this] to your shame.

2 Corinthians 6:2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now [is] the accepted time; behold, now [is] the day of salvation.)

Galatians 4:4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,

Ephesians 5:16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Colossians 4:5 Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.

James 1:19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:

Hebrews 5:12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which [be] the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.

Hebrews 9:28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

Revelation 2:5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.

Revelation 2:16 Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.

Revelation 3:11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.

Revelation 22:7 Behold, I come quickly: blessed [is] he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.

Revelation 22:12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward [is] with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.

Revelation 22:20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

Hymns and Choruses Related to Punctuality

  • Great Is Thy Faithfulness (Thomas O. Chisholm, 1923)
  • I’ll Go Where You Want Me to Go (Mary Brown, 19th cent.)
  • It May Be at Morn (H.L. Turner 1878)
  • Jesus Is Coming Again (John W. Peterson, 1957)
  • Just When I Need Him (William C. Poole, 1907)
  • O Zion, Haste (Mary A. Thompson, 1868)
  • When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder (James M. Black, 1893)