My sister was always on time. In fact she considered herself late if she was less than10 minutes early to every engagement. Somehow she learned early in her life the hidden message behind promptness. She placed great value on others’ time as well as her own. Arriving late is a way of saying that your own time is more valuable than of the person waiting for you. Being early clearly sends the opposite message. Every occasion requiring our attendance should be regarded as important. Whether it is a church meeting, a soccer game, a concert, a political gathering, or a meeting with family members, we should plan to be early. I know there are extenuating circumstances, particularly when raising young children, but my goal is to be on time (and prepared). A funny antidote was expressed by Franklin P. Jones. “The trouble with being punctual is that nobody’s there to appreciate it.” Next time you attend a function, look to see who is early. It will amaze you.