Prof. David Wheeler – “Stewardship on Deadline"
“So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” – Matthew 6:34
Time exposes the heart-pumping fragility of journalism. Mere seconds strike a separation between a successful story and an empty page. As a journalist, I have sometimes lived life parallel to the timing of others — coordinating sources day and night, speeding to unscheduled press conferences, covering local emergencies at a moment’s notice — all while meeting that 5 p.m. deadline from my editor. The confines of time can seem exciting at times. Urgency can fill your vocation with a proud sense of purpose and duty.
But some days there will never be enough time, and it will leave you discouraged, living in constant awareness of your limits. On these days, remember the Lord wants you to focus on how He is carrying you through each moment — you only have the present, and it is important to be aware of this and steward your time wisely, focusing on what you can do in this very moment to glorify Him. Unlike you, He is not bound by time, but dwells along its full spectrum and beyond — in the past, molding what you think is unchangeable into something new; in the present, where you can walk side by side; in the future, preparing the way for you.
- Prof. David Wheeler, Assistant Professor of Communication Arts & Journalism