Time:  A God-given Precious Gift 

We are watch watchers who often have no time for time out as we tell one another that time marches on. Time presents a problem for most people. One woman said: "I have trouble being on time. I guess it’s hereditary. My ancestors came over on the June-flower."

Everyone rich or poor, famous or unknown have exactly 1440 minutes a day, 168 hours in a week, 8,760 hours in a year and 657,000 hours in a lifetime of 75 years. No one alive has any more time each day than anyone else.

Our world is like a clockmakers shop with thousands of timepieces forever ticking. For some life is just starting, for some it is half over, and others are running down and will soon be stopped.

Time moves in a relentless progression as the earth rotates, the planets spin around in their orbit, the seasons change, and new life replaces the old. To use an old cliche, time waits for no man. We tell time by clocks, by the position of the sun, moon and stars, and also by wrinkles, gray hairs, and attitudes.

Time is life’s most precious commodity

There are theme parks where water is everywhere and adults as well as children splash and play for hours in its abundance. But lost in the desert or adrift in a boat on the open seas men measure out the water drop by drop. When we are young we think we have all the time in the world.In the intensive care unit at a hospital - nurses and doctors say in whispered voices..."it’s just a matter of time..." The silence is broken only by the monitor beeping, the pumps wheezing and the steady rhythmic throbbing of the machines. We heal or we die by moments of time.

Time is one of life’s greatest values because we must exchange a block of precious, never to be recovered time for everything we do. Absolutely everything! Most overnight success stories are the result of years of small events and sometimes great efforts.

TIME IS:

Too slow for those who wait,
Too fast for those who fear
Too long for those who grieve,
Too short for those who rejoice,
But for those who love, time is Eternity.

Time puts a lot of pressure on us!

When I asked my grandson Jamie what he thought about time he said: "There is not enough time to do the things you need to do and the things you want to do." I pointed out to him that the problem was not a lack of time but a desire to do too many things at one time.That problem has accelerated a thousands time over as modern technology makes it possible for us to drive a car, eat a fast food sandwich, and talk on the phone all at the same time. TV, radios, music and talk, talk, talk, keeps us occupied all the time. Few people think of going to a quiet place and just meditating on the meaning of all of this.

Every day we have thousands of choices to make. We can fly from coast to coast in hours, or talk to someone on the other side of the world. Businesses who make money by selling products are constantly urging us, with seductive advertisements, to buy, buy, buy, until we have neither the time or the space to store all our time consuming "stuff."

How should we use this precious gift?

As we get older time becomes more precious....which is probably why we feel like it’s flying...going faster than it did before. We always value scarce things...the less we have of something the more value we place on it.

A proper attitude toward time may not mean that we should try to cram more activity into each day. Jesus had an astonishing attitude toward time. He could say in praying to his father in John 17:4:

"I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do."

Those who knew him in the flesh must have marveled after his death at the "way he spent his time." He never ran, never seemed to be in a hurry, didn’t start his ministry until he was 30. (What he could have done if he had started at say 25....)

His only preparation for leaving his ministry in the hands of the 12 was to make sure they understood his teaching. Nothing is said about him setting up organizations, building a building, or leaving any kind of detailed programs for his disciples to follow. Almost all of the things we do in church are based on our own preference and taste.

He had time to let little children sit on his lap, time to pray, time to rest and time to go to parties. He often spent time eating with people and talking with them about the kingdom. That was all he was sent to do. He finished his work.

(2 Tim 2:15 NIV) "Do your best to present yourself to God
 as one approved,
a workman who 
does not need to 
be ashamed and who correctly handles
 the word 
of truth."

 


(Eccl 3:1-13 NIV) "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: {2} a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, {3} a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, {4} a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, {5} a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain, {6} a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, {7} a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, {8} a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace. {9} What does the worker gain from his toil? {10} I have seen the burden God has laid on men. {11} He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end. {12} I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live. {13} That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil--this is the gift of God."

"I wasted time
and now doth
time waste me." Shakespeare

"Count that day
lost, whose slow
descending sun
views from your
hand no worthy
action done."

Young

Spare moments
are the gold
dust of time.


Bryan Allen, a 26 year old, flew the pedal powered Gossamer Albatross across the English channel and earned $200,000.00

He was hailed in the press as an instant celebrity.

But before he had his day of success he  pedaled a stationary bike for eight hours  everyday for 6 months in training and endured the  boredom of countless hours of exhaustion and practice to achieve his goal.


There was a time
when no one had
a refrigerator.

A card with numbers in the four corners told the ice man how many pounds of ice to put in the ice box.

If mother had waxed the floor she put some newspapers on the
floor to catch the dripping water, for ice melts in transit.

You never have as much when you get there as when you started. 

Time also melts in transit. You never have as much left when you get where you are going as when you started.

We can save a lot of things, but time is not one of them. We will spend it on something.