The Gift Of Time

Now that school is in session, here’s a drop quiz question.

What is, “a nonspatial continuum in which events occur in apparently irreversible succession from the past through the present and on into the future?”

If you answered, “Time,” you are right on!

There are many words that go with “Time” to make up phrases we’ve all said or heard at one “time” or another. Things like, “Time will tell,” or “Time heals all wounds.”

Here are a few more:

Harvest time – Oh, how I loved spending time on the combine with my dad.

Bed time – When we’re really tired, that’s a beautiful phrase.

Free time – What a lovely thought.

You showed us a good time – Every hostess appreciates hearing that.

Doing time – Not a pleasant thought.

Killing Time – We must remember that if we kill time, it has no resurrection.

Well, we either love time or we let it frustrate us don’t we? We love it when it slows down and allows us to do something we like with someone we love. That’s called, “quality time.”

Sometimes we are not very fond of time because it doesn’t hang around long enough and we feel short changed. Since time seems to be in the pilot seat, it’s up to us to be its navigators.

People of all ages and occupations say they have very hurried schedules and jam-packed lives.

Why? What have we done with all the time we’ve saved by having improved communication, transportation and technology? We should be more efficient and have more time. Right?

Apparently not. The more quickly we can do things, it seems the more we try to cram into each day. We try to do just one more thing before we call it a day.

In the meantime, we wonder where in the world time goes. We don’t see it pass, unless we sit and stare at a clock. And who has time for that?

Speaking of clocks, we have 11 of them in our house. My favorite is the grandfather in the living room with its gentle tick-tocking and chiming every 15 minutes. Jim’s favorite is the Mustang clock in the utility room. One of 12 realistic Mustang sounds of engines rev you up on the hour every hour. Models on the face of the clock range the 1964 1/2 to the 2013 Boss 302. 4 p.m. is an especially fun hour to hear as the 1970 BOSS 302 toots its horn.

The older we get, the faster time flies. I remember being a child and wondering if I’d ever grow up. Now, the years are rushing past me.

Who has not heard someone say, “Take your time, there’s no hurry.” And we’ve all been told, “settle down and take the time to do things right.”

Truth is, it takes time to do things well not only when we’re young, but in every phase of our lives. In every life cycle.

 

For example, it takes months and at times years from the time of grape harvest until the bottle of wine is ready for consumption.

To truly enjoy a sit-down dinner and the company of those dining with us takes much more time than simply stopping at the window of a fast-food restaurant.

Developing character is also a process that spans years – from childhood through adolescence and into adulthood.

There are two items in our homes that indicate our focus on time. One is a clock and the other a calendar. Our whole schedule centers on what day, week or month it is. We relate to our time in seconds, minutes and hours.

One year has 12 months, 52 weeks and 365 days. Unless of course it’s a leap year and we get one more day. How many of us wouldn’t love to have a 24-hour bonus once in a while.

Here is something I stop to think about every day.

Time is a precious gift from God, the creator of everything including time. Although time does seems to speed up as we age, in actuality, today is as long as yesterday was, and tomorrow will be as long as today.

Every morning brings 24 unspoiled hours that break down into 1,440 minutes or 86,400 seconds. We should use every single one of those seconds wisely.

I recall the days when I was struggling with my busy work schedule and two young sons at home who took part in everything at school. I hardly had time to turn around and often found it difficult to see the good and the positive things of each day.

That’s when my husband, Jim, got on his soap box. “Don’t think about the frustrating things,” he’d say. “Think only of the pleasant and the beautiful things of your life.”

And oh dear goodness, there were so many of them.

Here are a few fun vignettes I’ve run across about TIME:

1. Perhaps most of our troubles stem from too much time on our hands and not enough on our knees.

2. Counting time is not as important as making time count.

3. If you think TIME heals everything, try waiting in a doctor’s office.

4. Sign in a department store clock display: “There’s no present like the time.”

5. Sign over a college classroom clock: “Time will pass; will you?”

And it was Benjamin Franklin who said, “Time is money.”

Here’s another: By the time you get your shoulder to the wheel, your nose to the grindstone, and your ear to the ground, it’s time for lunch.

I’ve heard that one of the worst things about retirement is that you have to drink coffee on your own time. And, I’ve also heard that some people can stay longer in an hour than others can in a week.

Well, one thing we know about time, it won’t last forever. Today and tomorrow might be the only time we have to share our love and our lives with those we encounter each day.

Remember, God willing, tomorrow we’ll all receive another beautiful gift, a brand new 24 hours, 1,440 minutes and 86,400 seconds.

So, let’s:
Take time to work – it is the price of success
Take time to think – it is the source of power
Take time to play – it is the secret of youth
Take time to read – it is the foundation of knowledge
Take time to laugh – it is the music of the soul
Take time to be courteous – it is the work of a gentle man, a gentle woman
Take time to pray – it is the Christian’s vital breath.

Until next time!