The Weekly Epistle 11/15/23

Hi Living Hope,
It has been called the stretch of duration in which things happen. Ben Franklin said it was the stuff life is made of. The random House dictionary lists 54 usages of the noun. Trying to define it has been said is like eating soup with a fork. I am talking about time. 

Time can send off negative reactions. “It’s time for a pop quiz.” “Honey, it’s time we have a long talk.” “Well, it’s about time.” 
Time seems relative. 10 minutes on a treadmill seems like an hour. One hour on the phone with a friend seems like 10 minutes. Two weeks’ vacation seems like three days and three days of some unwanted houseguests seems like 2 weeks. 

There are many different kinds of time- naptime, spare time, halftime, nighttime, sometime, overtime, hard time, two-timed, good time, on time, and serving time. We speak of killing it, wasting it, saving it, borrowing it, losing it, and stealing it. 

Time! It is frustrating because we wish we had more of it. We say things like, “there isn’t time to do the things I need to do.” And “I can’t seem to find the time.” 

Time is our new currency, the way we determine what is of value to us. Time! It is a resource that we cannot manufacture, recycle, or spend more than once. 

Will Rogers was asked once, “If you had only 48 hours to live, how would you spend them?” He answered wisely, “One at a time.” 

We can only see a fraction of the movement of time, but we are well aware of how quickly it passes. Solomon wisely said, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 3:1). There are different seasons in life. You may not particularly like the season you are in right now. Or you may be looking ahead with great anticipation for a season to come. Perhaps you find yourself in a season that suits you quite well. 

Whatever season you may find yourself in, let me give you three points to consider.
         1. Look for the fingerprints of God. There is a purpose in it.
         2. Lean in on the Lord. The different seasons are all meant to push us                        toward God. He sets out the seasons like breadcrumbs leading us to
         3. Make the most of the season. Ephesians 5:16 instructs us to “Make the                  most of every opportunity. 

It is as William James once said, “The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.” The question then is how are you going to spend those 24 hours, those 1,440 minutes, those 86,400 seconds a day? 

I seemed to have run out of time. Blessings to you, Pastor Brian