What is late?

If you and I agree to meet at three in the afternoon and I am late, what time is it? I recall my own understanding of late in the States and how foreign that understanding is to me now.

We agreed to meet in the village at three in the afternoon. We typically start our lesson around 3:45 or 4:00pm. Not everyone arrives at first, with some dragging in at 4:30 and 4:45. So who is late and who is not? Are all of them late because we are starting forty five minutes later than the agreed time? Or are the true late ones those who arrive 30 minutes to a hour after we begin our lesson?

If you are actually trying to answer those questions, you probably don’t live in Sub-Saharan Africa. I don’t have an answer for what is late anymore. Now if you will excuse me, we are late for worship…