"Tick-Tock Can’t Stop the Clock!"
By the time you finish reading this paragraph, fleeting seconds of your life will have passed away never to return. There are no brakes on time. This week I again heard people bemoaning and dreading the countless activities and demands on their time. To a large degree, high anxiety comes over people who are running here and there and … everywhere.
Toward the end of his life David saw, with clearer perspective, what was and is really important. In Psalm 39 David wrote: “Show me, O Lord, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is.”
And in Psalm 90 Moses prayed: “Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”
Taking a look at the landscape of our culture, it seems that with all we've accomplished technologically, about all we have really added is speed and noise. We get there faster, but we don't know where we are going. And when we get there, we're out of breath.
Your time and mine is a precious gift because we only have a limited amount to give. When we give someone our time, we’re giving them a portion of our life that we’ll never, ever get back.
We can make more money, but we can’t make more time. The best way to spell life is “time.”
If we have no time, we gather impressions but have no experiences; we collect acquaintances but make no friends; we attend meetings but experience no encounter. We must “redeem and recover the time” God has appointed for us.
Are we part of the cultural stampede?
We spend more, but have less; we buy more, but enjoy it less. We have bigger houses and smaller families; more conveniences, but less time; more medicine, but less wellness. We read too little, watch TV too much and pray too seldom. We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values.
These are the times of tall men, and short character; steep profits, and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes, but more divorce; of a fancier house, but broken homes. We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life; we’ve added years to life, not life to years; we’ve cleaned up the air but polluted our souls.
Be wise, not unwise!
Under the influence of the Holy Spirit, Paul wrote these words to the New Testament churches: “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise,
(16) redeeming the time, because the days are evil. (17) Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is,” (Ephesians 5:15-17).
More Sunday, if we redeem the time!