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July 17, 2010

Tempus Fugit

Filed under: Uncategorized — lawsonjolly @ 5:00 am

Time pieces dominate our lives.  From the electronic clocks on marquees to the watch on our arm, we are forever surrounded by the awareness of time.  Clocks are a means of tracking time for us.

There are many types of timekeepers.  The Egyptians used a shadow stick.  It measured the passage of the day by the progress of a shadow going across markers.  The sundial is similar.  I remember the large sundial in the terraced garden of my grandparents.  It seemed time was slowed by it, but after a few hours of playing, I realized the time had passed so quickly.

Other types of clocks have been used.  Some are water clocks, hourglass, and a candle clock where the taper was marked at certain intervals as the candle would burn.  Most of these were not accurate, but a few minutes early or late did not mean that much in the years of past history.  The first mechanical clock was built in the Middle Ages with weights and springs, but it was not precise.  But today, we have very accurate and precise timekeepers.

In our foyer we have a large grandfather clock.  It had been the pride possession of my uncle, and he desired that I have it upon his death.  I treasure it.  On the face of the clock are the words Tempus Fugit.  Those two Latin words mean time flies!  Each time the clock strikes the hour . . . or even the quarter or half hour . . . it is a reminder that time has just passed.  There is no way to recover it.  That time is now history and gone forever.

Most of us are familiar with the expression, “Time flies.”  We also hear the additions to those two words:  “Time flies when you are having fun!” and “Time flies as you get older!”  There is no debate.  Both statements are true!  They are true because time flies regardless . . . !

Time does fly.  We confess it often.  “I didn’t know your daughter was already in college.  My, how time flies.”  “This is your son?  He was only this high when I last saw him.  Time does fly!”  Think about some friend you have not seen in a while.  It has probably been longer than you think.  Recall a vacation or special event several years ago.  It has probably been longer than you think.  Time does fly regardless of our age or activities.  The only time I remember when time did not fly was when I was trying to go to sleep on Christmas Eve!

Listening to the chimes from the grandfather clock caused me to contemplate several things.  I asked myself the question, “What did I do in the last hour?”  Time does fly, and I need to be conscious of how I am using that time.  I know that I do not always use my time wisely.  There have been many times I regretted letting time slip by.  Haven’t you said to yourself, as I have, “Why didn’t I do it when I had the time?”  It may have been time with the children, repairing something that now has become almost irreparable, realizing it is too late to study for the exam, or visiting with a friend who has now died.

I realize that even if time does fly, I am in control of what I do with the time.  One of the best words I can use to control my time is to say “no” to certain things.  That word can be a time saver.  True, it does not add minutes or hours to my day, but it can provide time to do what is more important in my life.  I do know that one of the best orders I can give myself is to make time for people I care about.

All of us need to focus on how we choose to use our time.  Some hours are set for us in responsibility of earning a living or shouldering certain tasks as a family member, but we still are the controller of our time.  We need to seek to be good stewards of the time we have.

None of us can make extra time.  There is only so much allotted each day.  I have what I have!  My question must be, “How will I use it?”  Henry Van Dyke wrote: “Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.”

Time filled with love!  That is best stewardship of time.  That love is not only for others, but a love for the Heavenly Father that we express through our faith and commitment.  He who gives us time, must be the recipient of our use of time.   One day, time on this earth will cease.  For those of us in Christ, time will be no more.  Eternity will not be recorded by time.   No clocks needed!

Oh, pardon me, I just heard the clock chiming.  There is something more important than this blog that I need to do . . . .

“Teach us to number our days aright . . . .”  (Psalm 90:12)  “Be careful then how you live–not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity . . . .”  (Ephesians 5:15,16)



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