Time Is Not On Our Side
More than a few times that I have read, quoted, or have heard Ecclesiastes 3. Truth be told, there IS a time for everything. We are so focused on time, we're fixated by it, and we try to determine when everything is going to happen. Or, we try to dictate when everything should happen. We become so time conscience that there is no time left. There is no time to take a break, no time left to oneself! There is no time left to stop and smell the proverbial roses. Life is just passing right by our very own eyes!
I completely understand that important things need to be accomplished, but there is a difference between important and essential! Essential are those things that you just have to do, the things that have left us with no choice but to get it done. But not everything that is important, is essential. Some things can wait! Prioritize is not a word in our vocabulary that we like to use, nor is it a tool that we have learned to use. However, prioritizing our lives will leave us some time everyday to pause, breathe and find our bearings. My mind was recently challenged during a sermon that my son had preached. In that sermon he said that tomorrow isn’t promised and that it really doesn’t even exist yet! That caused my brain to shut down for a second and almost reboot. We are living literally in the moment. As I write this it is 2:06 pm and 2:07 isn’t in the history books yet. Until that moment happens, it hasn’t happened. There is no telling of the future, and the future may not offer us the time that we desire!
James says, Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will travel to such and such a city and spend a year there and do business and make a profit.” Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring—what your life will be! For you are like vapor that appears for a little while, then vanishes. Instead, you should say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” (4:13-15)
Unless the Lord wills, the very next second will cease to exist. There is NO time like the present! We should not put off until tomorrow what we can accomplish today --- time is not on our side.