A Republican and a Democrat came up with opposing bills. That’s hardly news, except the issue does not seem politically charged or motivated. Both bills have to do with changing “how Coloradans set their clocks” (Colorado Springs Gazette, 12/8/10). Greg Brophy, the Republican, wants us to keep daylight savings time year round to take advantage of longer daylight to engage in outdoor activities, for which our fair citizens are so well-known. Ed Vigil, the Democrat, wants us to be like Hawaii and Arizona and stay on standard time year round. He says that would give farmers, ranchers, and school kids an advantage over the current format. Neither knew of the other’s bill proposal, but both wanted to change how we reckon time.
Who knows if either of these proposed pieces of legislation stand a chance of becoming law? We can change the time on our clocks, but what we cannot change is how much time we are allotted. There are still but 24 hours in a day. No piece of legislation can give or take time from us. No bill can lengthen or shorten how much time we will have lived. Each of us, individually, are stewards of our time, no matter what time it is when the sun rises and sets. The admonition of scripture is to make “the most of your time” (Eph. 5:16), “inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment” (Heb. 9:27).
Harvey MacKay, owner of MacKayMitchell Envelopes for more than 45 years, once said, “Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it, you can never get it back.” What wisdom! What a challenge for us to spend that priceless commodity in view of eternity and the unique influence we wield. A constituent told Brophy, “If we could shorten Monday to Thursday by an hour we could extend Saturday and Sunday each by two hours” (Lynn Bartels, Denver Post, 12/8/10). Don’t hold your breath for that. But make the most of your Mondays, Saturdays, and the rest of your days!