What time is it? The word time truly represents the most significant item that influences all of our lives. I know you probably don’t think of it very often but it really applies to almost everything there is about us. It’s a measurement of everything we do, we hope for and we try to control. I’ll bet before I finish this blog you may have more insight and understanding than you have ever considered before. We need to address a definition of time, we are actually controlled and tested and evaluated by time. If we think of some common phrases that we use in our everyday life it becomes clearly evident about how important it is to us. What time were you born? What time will you die? As we look at everything that occurs between those two it somehow may shed some appreciation for defining the value we have brought to this earthly form.
We understand and accept the obvious fact that there may be a wide variety of conclusions depending upon so many variables, not the least of which, our point of view. It’s one of the few things of great significance that we are awarded at birth regardless of who we are and what promises to be our station in life. We learn very early something about what it is and what it means to us. In many ways it’s a very individual and personal thing. It’s time to change my diaper. It’s time to go to bed, dear. What time must we wake up tomorrow? What do we plan to do with our time today? How long will it take to learn a new skill? I will love you ‘til the end of time. At my age will I have time to bolster my legacy? I could go on and on but that might take a lot more time that I have allotted to finishing this blog. And heaven knows you only have so much time to give to my thoughts on the subject. But if you’ll give me a few more moments I will share my thoughts with you about the subject of time.
I believe that time is totally mortal. I mean by that, if you believe in an afterlife, time will probably have no real value to you. After all, we mortals cannot live without it. Its definition dominates our lives, but what if you had no place to go, no need or desire to make changes, no nights and days, weeks, months, years to measure, etc., things would just happen, wouldn’t they? I confess that I struggle to really comprehend what I’m talking about because my brain is wired to deal with time in some way every moment of my life. Afterwards, who knows? I do know this. It is smart to use it wisely. It’s a precious thing that we must protect because we don’t know how much of it we have. By some measure I have lived a long time, probably much longer than most. I pray that I have made use of the time that I have had to do something towards making this a better world beyond what I found when I got here.
You may not want to thoroughly and honestly examine what you have done with your time to date. Some, through close examination may seem to use their time putting one foot in front of the other and wake up every day as if it was the same as the day before with no hope or plan for making something real and significant happen before we close our eyes to sleep. For some their long range planning for what they will do with their time is what will we have for supper, how will we spend the weekend and I can’t wait for vacation because then I will have time off for a while. Others may make detailed plans about what they will do from this moment forward with the time they have before the end of life. Generally, these are people that manage somehow to avoid frustration and impatience as they move along a line they have drawn for themselves culminating in the time they may close their eyes forever. Does that sound depressing or fulfilling? Because if we do a good job of all that, the moments before the lights go out for us may be happy feelings of accomplishments, such as saying “I have spent this life doing the best that I could for myself and those I care for and I have managed somehow to enjoy it and succeed in making it possible for those I leave here to enjoy their time on this earth even more than I have”.
Should we be thinking those thoughts regardless of where we find ourselves on the timeline of life? Should we be planning to make the most of every moment that we have to best satisfy our most precious goals in life? My father was an educator and from time to time he would suggest some students attend school intent on learning all they can while others are simply matriculating. They may have a perfect attendance record and that may be the only achievement they reach before graduation. I don’t know about you, but my desire is to be involved in life and living, in contributing and relating with those I share this journey with. I have no desire to simply matriculate. I simply want to make the most of the time I have been granted so that those who have known me will measure my life by the deeds I have accomplished, by the love I have shared and the faith I have lived with from the beginning to the end.
I hope that you will give some thought to what you would like to do with the time you have. And I hope you will find some comfort with the knowledge that you can enjoy most, if not all, of your life if you are willing to take nothing for granted but rather will maintain a positive attitude that you deserve to be here and you have all the tools you need to accomplish all your dreams if you will just believe. Thank you for taking the time to visit with me and hear my thoughts.