The hourglass not yet empty

A few years ago (a decade to be precise), I happened to work for one week with an Asian Management consultant with a name to conjure with. It was a time when I was still in my mouldable years: nowadays I am so coarsened as a cricket ball.

The Admirable Crichton had been hired by a particular firm to help improve its management systems. He was of advanced age.

What struck me most about this man is his uncanny ability to discuss any topic presented to him with mastery and skill. I was the youngest person around, and he seemed to be fond of me. He would talk about Jack and Jill, Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, Christopher Columbus, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Leo Tolstoy, Hellen Keller, Abraham Maslow, The Invasion of Iraq in the early 90s and trans-boundary environmental effects…………. He would talk about anything under the sun with uncommon ease.

There is one thing he told me that I still remember to date. “When I was of your age, I happened to do my practicum under veteran Indian management expert, and he pointed out to me one management principle that I still practise.

  1. Do.
  2. Do it.
  3. Do it Now……………….”

Now, before you form an opinion or draw the longbow, follow me a little longer.

If management gurus of today would have met Jesus, perhaps this is what they would have told Him.

‘If indeed God, the Almighty, sends you to go to the cross, why can’t you go immediately and finish the project now?”

“Jesus, you’d achieve your targets if you had more apostles than just the 12.”

“You certainly need to attend that council conference in Capernaum if you want to make headway with the Pharisees!”

“Why are you still here in Galilee? Your ministry would be so much bigger if you’d move to Jerusalem. Such talent going to ruin!”

“Jesus, just mind your Ps and Qs when dealing with Pharisees. Play ball with them. That way, you would go far.”

Jesus would honestly tell them the timing wasn’t right because he was on the father’s timetable.

“You go to the festival. I am not going up to this festival, because my time has not yet fully come.” (John 7:8 NIV).

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