Saturday, March 14, 2015


by Tim Howard

Have you ever noticed how time seems to stand still on certain occasions and then appears to move quickly on others? 

When I’m in a hurry to get to a certain destination and I’m running late – time flies by. People in my path seem to be moving slowly, which exasperates me even more because time is moving so quickly and they seem to be inching ahead at a snails pace. 

When I’m in a Doctor’s office, however, waiting for he or she to call me into the room – 50 minutes past my scheduled appointment – time moves very slowly. I look at my watch every 5 minutes thinking 15 minutes have passed – but it hasn’t.

When you turn 15 years old and look forward to obtaining your drivers license at 16 – the next 365 days seems like a thousand but when you turn 65 and look back on life you wonder – where did time go. It seemed like yesterday.

Of course time is consistent and every day has 24 hours, but regardless of the facts – time has varying effects on all of us.

Solomon said these words about time:

Eccl. 3:1  “There’s an opportune time to do things, a right time for everything on the earth:
Eccl. 3:2  A time for birth and another for death, A time to plant and another to reap, 
Eccl. 3:3  A time to kill and another to heal, A time to destroy and another to construct, 
Eccl. 3:4  A time to cry and another to laugh, A right time to lament and another to cheer, 
Eccl. 3:5  A time to make love and another to abstain, A time to embrace and another to part, 
Eccl. 3:6  A time to search and another to count your losses, A time to hold on and another to let go, 
Eccl. 3:7  A time to rip out and another to mend, A time to shut up and another to speak up, 
Eccl. 3:8  A time to love and another to hate, A time to wage war and another to make peace.

We have all been allotted a certain amount of time on this planet.  The real issue is not how slowly or how quickly it moves but what a person does with the time he or she has been given. 

According to Business Insider: “Most human beings get about 75 years of existence. That's about 3,900 weeks or 27,000 days or 648,000 hours. We spend about a third of those hours sleeping – a number that hasn't changed much over the centuries.

What has changed is what we do with the remaining time… thanks to the irrepressible inventiveness and ingenuity of humankind, we have engineered a profound shift in what we do with our waking hours… There are 168 hours in a week – 56 go to sleeping, which leaves 112 for everything else. Thanks to remarkable progress… the average work week in most countries has dropped by about 30 hours… and has freed up a lot of extra time. So what do we do with all the extra hours? We spend them watching television” According to recent figures, the average human spends about 4 hours a day, or 28 hours a week, watching television.”

Jesus used His time for the benefit of others. He decided to serve rather than be served. He lived with a specific purpose in mind and never wavered. Even though His earthly presence only lasted a little over 3 decades, the effects of His life are still being felt.  

How are you using your time?

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