DayBreaks for 06/27/11 – Changing Time Zones
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Do you remember the old song by Jim Croce titled “Time in a Bottle”? The lyrics described things he would do if he could control or bottle time. Ever since Adam walked the earth, I would imagine that humans have been aware of the passing of time. At some point in our lives, we become keenly aware of it and how it moves inexorably ahead.
Mythologically, Chronos (time) was the name of a short Greek god whose legs were muscular and whose heels were winged. He moved fast. He was bald and slick at the back of his head, but had lots of hair in the front. The implication was that if you could grab him as he came toward you, you could take hold of him and make him respond to your wish. But if you waited till he was past you, it was too late, for he was smooth-headed in the back and could not be grabbed once he had passed.
As I can testify, time moves rapidly! I remember when one of my cousins, Denny, was 21 years old. I thought he was soooo old. In only a very few more years, my youngest will be 21. Where has the time gone? I remember when I was younger. I had energy, I loved to get out and play sports, I could run forever and not get tired. It seems like only yesterday. But something happened between yesterday and today. Now I’d rather watch sports than play them. Now I can get a bit winded walking up a really long flight of stairs. Sure, some exercise would help, but the youthful desire to go out and run and play has gone somewhere and I’ve not been able to find it.
Time is like oil – it is not a renewable resource. It is finite and inexorable. It moves at the same rate for everyone.
On my travels, I frequently pass through various time zones. Depending on how far I travel on a given day, it can be very hard to adjust to different time zones. God wants us to change time zones. On the one hand, we sometimes act as if we will have this earthly life forever. We put off the things that we shouldn’t put off because we think there will always be time for them later. On the other hand, God wants us to not live with our eyes focused on the clock, but on eternity, where clocks are meaningless. When we do that, our perspective changes and we aren’t as likely to make short term decisions that mortgage our eternal futures.
We probably tend to be stuck in one time zone or another. Are you stuck living for today? Perhaps you need to change your time zone!
Colossians 4:5 – “Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.”
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