The Pastor’s Blog – TIME

This weekend we gain an hour, or so they say, because we are reverting to standard time. In the Spring we will lose an hour as we revert again to Daylight Savings Time. Of course we never really lose or gain time, as time marches along at its own steady pace no matter how we measure it or record it.

We speak about saving time, or wasting time. We all know what it means to be out of time, and a few understand what it means to have time to kill.

So much of our comings and goings are determined by how we measure and value time. I realize some cultures are far more relaxed about time than I am, and that is maybe a good thing. On the flip side, because I am very conscious about time I make sure I hit deadlines and arrive on time to events.

The Bible has much to say about time as well, knowing that human history moves along at a God determined pace, and there will be a day when time runs out. That day God will usher in a new heaven and earth, one unfettered by the constraints of time (Revelation 21:1-4). We will need new bodies to live in that environment, bodies we are promised as we put our faith in Jesus today (2 Corinthians 5:1).

Until that day, what shall we do? Psalm 90:12 says, “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” The New Living Translation makes this easier to understand: “Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.”

Time will pass by all too quickly, and so we must be wise about our use of time. Spend time building your relationship with God, and with your family, with your community. Find ways to build memories with those you love. Do not waste time pursuing things that will soon pass away, “but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven” (Matthew 6:20). Ask God what He wants you to do today, tomorrow, and each tomorrow until He comes. 

– Pastor Gary

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