What time is it? Well, it’s 8:02PM, on December 31, 2014…. As I begin to write this post. It occurs to me that there is one year about to be behind us….12 months, 52 weeks, 365 days, 8760 hours, 525,600 minutes, 31,536,000 seconds, or any combination of the above. That’s a lot of time.
What is so unique about “time” is….it’s free… in fact…it’s a GIFT…from God. Aside from the fact that He allocates just so many years, months, weeks, days, and minutes to each one of us… all of us receiving different allocations…. on any normal day… we all are allocated just one day. Again…. A “gift” from God.
It makes no difference who we are, how rich, how poor, our culture, lame, race, color, religion, strong, week, and tall, or short… sick or healthy. We all get the same exact day. We are all treated equally.
Something else unique about “time” is that it comes… and it goes…. And there’s “no-stopping-it.” The time-clock does not stop. Another “uniqueness” is that we human-kind don’t seem to be too worried about it. We don’t appear to care what we do with our time… as if…it’s “never-ending-gift.” I wonder…. If we actually had to pay for every minute we “used foolishly,” our TIME might have a different “value-set.” What do you think?
Using myself as an example: I just turned 75 years old last month, and I’m thinking about “time” all the “time.” The toilet-paper-roll” is getting closer to the end…. And it’s travelling pretty darn FAST….too fast for me. In many respects, I KNOW that I’ve not used my time wisely. In my “earlier days,” I was far more productive, more efficient, and more cognizant of my TIME. Today, and probably for the last 18 years…far less so. But I’m not as concerned about my production and efficiency as I am about the “foolishness” that I wasted valuable time on. Doing dumb things that gave no merit to me, or those around me; things, when done, cannot be reversed. The time that I could have spent “helping-others.” More time spent easing the pain and suffering of my brother during his “time with cancer.” More quality-time “with God.” Better quality time spent with my Dear Mother who departed after only 56 years; and her Mother only 57 years. And then, the fact that I spent “no-time” with my natural father….who died at 89. I could have spent many hours/days over the last 10 years of his life, with him, but all accumulated… probably about 20 days. Shame on me! I could have spent more FAMILY-TIME with my wife and children…lost, NEVER to get back…NEVER to “make-right.” There are “no-second-chances” on time. We get to have only one chance on how we spend our time. And, the fact is: we have to account for this “wasted-time.” I’m not looking forward for that.
What is also, very UNIQUE, is that today…right NOW, this very minute… we have a CHOICE as to how we spend our time…from here on out. From this moment forward… I can make an “intentional-choice” to use my time wisely. I can decide, here and now, that I’m going to spend more time with my wife, my children, my grand-children, and my GOD.
I’m just thinking… how much time do we (that would be, both, you and me) spend with God? One hour per week? Or add another few hours for different “spiritual events.” So what if we spent a whopping 10 hours per week? Over the next year… that would “only” amount to 520 hours, out of 8760 hours…. Not much. In the last few years… I’ve thought, quite often, about “tithing-my-time.” That would mean that I would have to give back to God….16.8 hours per week.
Now what could I do in 17 hours over the next 7 days? Well, there’s PRAYER-TIME, serving the POOR, actual in-Church-time…that’s another 3 hours per week, then I could volunteer down at my local SALVATION-ARMY, or the local FOOD-BANK, or the home for UN-WED-MOTHERS. Soon, I would find that my 17 hours was all used up. I would then have to add a few more hours…therefore, giving “more than 10%” of my precious TIME. Out of 168 hours, per week, we spend maybe, 56 hours sleeping, 40 hours working, 5 commuting, 15 hours eating, 17 hours doing God’s work, which leaves…49 hours, or 7 hours each day…doing…eh… WHAT?
I have a friend, who spends about 20 hours each week, for the last 3 months, doing yard work, running errands, and other personal things, for his friend who has been taking chemo treatments for many months… and my friend has his own full-time job, and other commitments that require his time. This friend of mine is a “true-giver;” one who puts his “fellow-man-in-need” ahead of himself. We have only to refer to…Matthew 25:34-36 – Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.
I am going to do my very best, with “that time” that is still allotted to me….to spend it wisely, going about God’s work. It’s something to think about….