Time: Make it Count!
How is it possible that it has been 6 ½ weeks since I last posted? Seriously. Where does the time go? In one moment I think, “I can’t wait for Spring!” Then all of a sudden, I realize that it is April. How did that happen?!
Isn't it ironic, that as children, we cannot wait to grow up; but then when we reach a certain age, we wish we were younger? Or maybe it is just one period of time in our lives that we wish we could go back to; a very joyful time filled with happy memories; special moments spent with someone who may no longer be with us.
Unfortunately, time doesn’t work that way. Although it may make a great story-line, unlike science fiction novels, movies or television shows, we cannot actually go through a portal to travel back in time, or forward into the future. Time travel is only for characters like Dr. Who, Doc and Marty McFly.
One of my favourite authors is Mitch Albom. I find his books to be very inspirational, as his stories address heart-felt morals, values and beliefs that I also hold dear. Each main story typically contains other story lines, which are interlinked together. They are written in such a deep and meaningful way. He is probably best known for his best-selling memoir, Tuesdays with Morrie (one of my favourites); but another one of my favourites is, The Time Keeper.
Without giving away too much of the story-line, The Time Keeper is a fictional story about an inventor of the world’s first clock, who is banished to a cave for trying the measure time. He learns and teaches others about the meaning of time, based on his experiences and encounters within the book. A few powerful and thought-provoking lines in this book by Albom include:
“We all yearn for what we have lost. But sometimes, we forget what we have.”
“When you are measuring life, you are not living it.”
“…man alone suffers a paralyzing fear that no other creature endures. A fear of time running out.”
(Check out Mitch Albom's website for more information on his books, events, etc.)
Each day is precious, and a gift from God. Use it wisely. Not everyone gets another tomorrow: so seize the opportunities He gives us today. Don’t waste time worrying about tomorrow, next week, next month, or next year; because very soon, tomorrow will be today in the past tense. Tomorrow will become yesterday. We can’t get it back. It becomes our history and then, nothing more than a memory; so make it count!
"Show me, Lord, my life’s end
and the number of my days;
let me know how fleeting my life is.
You have made my days a mere handbreadth;
the span of my years is as nothing before you.
Everyone is but a breath,
even those who seem secure
Surely everyone goes around like a mere phantom;
in vain they rush about, heaping up wealth
without knowing whose it will finally be.
But now, Lord, what do I look for?
My hope is in you."
Psalm 39:4-7 (NIV)
“…you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.”
James 4:14 (NIV)
The passing of time was also addressed in the Psalms by David, when he wrote:
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? …Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
Matthew 6: 25-27, 34
Don't just exist. Live your life, before you run out of time.
Let’s not count time…Let’s make our time count.
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