MY CHILDREN ASKED ME THIS RIDDLE. “What flies and yet does not move?” I could not solve the riddle. They answered, “Time, it flies but it doesn’t move.”
Is that true I asked myself. Surely not. The reality of this comes especially as we come to the close of the year. This is the time of submitting reports and reviews of the work done throughout the year. Even as I reviewed the work of ETAC for 2009, I realised that we have been very busy and that time did fly but I asked myself the important question of how far have we moved as a conference and more importantly as individuals.
There are many quotes on how valuable time is, and Benjamin Franklin has said much about that: “You may delay, but time will not.” “Lost time is never found again.” “Remember that time is money.” Not all these refer to achieving earthbound goals.
No matter who we are, we all have the equal amount of time each day and year. The question then is, “How best have I made use of this precious commodity? Have I busied myself in vain?”
We realise that we have drowned ourselves with activities that on reflection are not all consequential. Yet when we fill our calendar for the New Year the same pattern of activity re-emerges. We are once again going to be busy and robbed off our precious time but how differently does the psalmist tell us to look upon time:
“Lord, make me know my end,
And what is the measure of my days
That I may know how frail I am.” – Ps .39:4.
In the Bible, “time” is understood as both “kairos”, which means the right time or opportune moment and “chronos”, which is time spent and sequential. Jesus used and understood time in both these ways. Time was of essence to Jesus. “The time has come,” He said. “The
Before 2010 becomes another routine of inconsequential events and activities, before we spend so much time securing our lives and positions on earth, we should perhaps think seriously about our priorities and resolve to keep our lives for what is important to God and what pleases Him.
As we come to the close of another year let us reflect on the time spent beyond earthbound goals and used opportune moments for the furtherance of God’s Kingdom. When we put God’s desires in the centre of our planning for 2010, He will never disappoint us.
FURTHER GOD’S KINGDOM
“As we come to the close of another year let us reflect on the time spent beyond earthbound goals and used opportune moments for the furtherance of God’s Kingdom.”