Sands Of Time

Sands of Time

Sands of Time

Roger S. Jones writes, “Time is the medium of all experience.” [1]  He noted that nothing in human experience occurs outside of time.  Everything you experience occurs with the dimension of time being affixed to it at the moment you experience it.  I doubt this little guy enjoying ‘time’ in the water, both experiencing the embrace of the moment and exploring his surroundings, is aware of the passing of minutes that can never be reclaimed…at least not in its current form of time.  We reclaim time in memories.

People like Augustine have thought long and hard about this commodity that we have difficulty even defining.  The Scripture speaks phrases such as “at the appointed time,” “My time has not yet come,” “in the fullness of time,” and “it is not for you to know the times.”

Time is chronological, always moving forward. And seasonal, constructed of longer periods of moments around certain themes of life.  We know the words to be chronos and kairos.

Time is a common denominator.  We all have 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, and 52 weeks per year.  Time is a gift that orders our life and creates necessary boundaries.  We rail against what we consider the “lack of time,” and that “time runs out” when we need to complete a project or must stop pleasurable activities.  That said, time is a reminder of our finitude.  Time is offered as both gift and protection.  Awareness of the nature of time helps to protect against entitlement.  Best used, our interaction with and use of time means we choose wisely and receive gratefully.  Life offers a certain number of moments to each of us.  We are not entitled.  We are invited to explore our inner and outer world and participate in necessary development through normal and transformative processes of life.

Time is another way of seeing that God is God and we are not.

Henry David Thoreau once observed, “As if we could kill time without injuring eternity.” [2]  A follow-up article on time-management will be posted next month.  For now—in this time-frame—consider again the value of time.  Knowledge might be indicated in savvy ways to map out your days.  Wisdom will help you to know what to map out.  How we spend our time is important to God and to us.

How will you use the time allotted to you?

Credit for the photo:  http://www.picture-thoughts.com/People_pictures.html

[1] Jones, Roger S., Physics as a Metaphor, University of Minnesota Pr., 1982.

[2] Boa, Kenneth and Perkins, Bill Ed.; The Leadership Bible.  Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, Michigan. 1998. pg 689.

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