“For there is a proper time and procedure for every matter, though a person may be weighed down by misery.” (Ecclesiastes 8:6)
Mechanical clocks are wonderful devices. With gears, springs, and weights their motion measures seconds, minutes, and hours. We live by clocks, they tell us when to get up in the morning, and when to go to bed at night. We use them to keep appointments, and to tell us when to eat. We could hardly live without our clocks keeping track of time.
Time is a powerful thing. The Bible tells us God knows when we are formed in our mother’s womb and God knows the day we will die. We mark off points in our life by dates and times. Time brings order into our disordered world.
The stoic philosophers believed we should be ready at any moment of time to accept the fact that God might take back our children, our mate, our family members, and friends. They believed these people in our lives were only on loan to us from God, and we should accept the reality that those people in our lives could return to God at any time.
And we must know that truth applies to ourselves as well–we could be called home at any time.
We could become gloomy about keeping track of time with these realities and how the clock is ticking down for everyone we know, and ourselves, or we could become motivated by the fact that time is short. We should live so that we get as much out of life as possible.
You will not be willing to waste time, to hold grudges, or to spend your days in bitterness, resentment, and envy if you could only imagine a clock ticking somewhere with your name on it.
Consider your days, and know that this day will not come around again. I know that our illnesses often rob us of time and limits our abilities, but we cannot afford to let our time be wasted by complaining over our lot in life and our lack of abilities.
Instead we need to consider what we can do, consider that the clock is ticking, and make the most of every day and each moment of our lives.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to remember that our days are numbered, and help us not to waste the precious time You have given us. Amen.
About the Author:
Karlton Douglas lives in Ohio with his lovely wife. He tries to remember that the clock of his life is ticking and that to live each day the best he can is important.
Do you know that your clock is ticking? Have you considered how to best spend the time that is allotted to you?
Life can easily become the same old thing, day in and day out. This song, “The Motions” with Matthew West, is about getting out of the rut we may be in and how we don’t want to keep going through the motions–especially in our relationship with Christ. -Lisa