Time stood still on 9/11. The depth of cruelty, hatred and evil of mankind was displayed for the world to see. However, in the days that followed millions determined that the power and richness of human compassion, love and goodness would ultimately redeem the day.
Many lessons were learned. Among them is that life and time are precious and that we never really know when our time will be up. So, on America’s 9/12, I am reminded of the wisdom of Ecclesiastes 9:12.
“No man knows when his hour will come: As fish are caught in a cruel net, or birds are taken in a snare, so men are trapped by evil times that fall unexpectedly upon them.” – Solomon
Time is a funny thing for sure. John Randolph said, “Time is at once the most valuable and the most perishable of all our possessions.” Oddly, maybe time is not at all a possession. Maybe it’s simply borrowed. After all, time flows through our hands the same way sand flows through the neck of an hourglass. Steady, steady until it is gone.
After having my teeth cleaned, I am asked to rinse with fluoride. A small hourglass is used to measure the length of time required to rinse. I can’t control the flow of sand in the hourglass, although I have attempted to, much to the chagrin of the dental hygienist. She always just smiles and reminds me that I can’t force the sand to flow quicker. Really it’s the same with life.
We speak of life in terms of seconds, minutes, hours, days, months, and years. Yet, when it is all said and done, Time and therefore Life, is short. The Bible describes life as being like a vanishing mist, a passing shadow, a swift runner, a breath, a shepherd’s tent that is blown away, a clay house that is easily crushed, and like withering grass.
Years ago I wrote a time management affirmation. Perhaps you will want to write your own. You should read it often. Here is mine. You can borrow what you like and then personalize it for yourself.
My life is disciplined and focused and I manage my time well; therefore each day I determine, through prayer and the Lord’s guidance, my schedule and am honest with people when confronted with extra activities.
Time is allotted to each one by God one second at a time. It can’t be saved. It must be spent. How will you spend your “possession” of time?