Time

Clock TowerThe measurement of the living of our life from birth until death in moments of seconds, hours, days, weeks, months, and years.

Every second is of infinite value. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

We all find time to do what we really want to do. William Feather

Short as life is, we make it still shorter by the careless waste of time. Victor Hugo

When we are born someone turns over an hourglass. The grains of sand begin to fall. This is the beginning of our life. When the last grain falls, time has run out; it is time to die. Each of us has our own personal hourglass; it was made especially for us. Our allotment of the grains of time is bottled within. We can use it wisely or can use it poorly. The choice is ours. Time is too precious to waste.

Time has considerable importance to us. It determines the duration of how long we have to experience all that we can pack into our short time on this earth. We are extremely conscious of it. For all we know our allotted amount of time may be all that there is to define us. The symbol of the hourglass is very graphic of what is at stake. The glass enclosure has a fixed number of grains of sand. Each grain represents a unit of time. All of the grains together represent the total amount of time allotted. Once it starts, there is no stopping it. As each grain falls, our time becomes less. The visual image of this is alarming. The grains left in the top half of the glass is the amount of time we have remaining. It is fixed; it is flowing; and our time is running out. It is so precious. Time is our life’s blood. We can visualize a significant wound and our blood flowing from it. Time is like that, except we cannot stop time from flowing.

When the “Wicked Witch” turns over the hourglass in the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy only has a limited amount of time to live. She has things she has to do and only some much time in which to do it. This is an awesome visual image. It is so powerful. The manner in which we use our allotted time is crucial and critical. We do not have time to waste. It is to be coveted. We should be using our time wisely, doing good and wonderful things. We should be living our lives to the fullest. There is something to be said in considering that each day may be our last. What would we do if knew today would be our last day to live? We should cherish it. Eventually that day will come. Time will run out.

Challenge:   You should be living life with gusto. It should be as if you are on vacation and are trying to see and do all the things you can while there is time. Starting today, learn to appreciate life and the time you have by taking time to enjoy it. Many wise people have said our lives should be about people and relationships. Take time to smell the roses. Seize the moments of each minute, hour and day and get all that this life is offering you.

Wisdom: Lost, yesterday, somewhere between sunrise and sunset, two golden hours, each set with sixty diamond minutes. No reward is offered, for they are gone forever!  Horace Mann

Spiritual: (NIV)

For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night. Psalms 90:4

I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work. Ecc. 3:17 

Give us day by day our daily bread. Luke 11:3

God is not controlled by time. He is outside of time and sees our beginning, our life, and our death all at the same instant. The duration of life on earth is small. It is but a grain of sand on the beaches of eternity. Life is so precious we have great fears about our mortality. One of the tests of life is being freed from this fear and living life more abundantly. God gives us courage, faith and the freedom to do just that. All we have to do is ask Him.

Prayer:  Help me to use my time on earth to become the person you want me to be.

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