Saturday, November 9, 2013

Leaving the Race to the Rats

I am thankful for TIME. Time is more precious than money, for no one can trade for it, save it, or buy even a minute of it. Every person alive will have 24 hours--1440 minutes, 74,400 seconds--in their gift package of Today. Yet Time is something we casually waste, even brag about killing. At the very least, most of us are Abusers of Time. We take small chunks of it and expect to cram impossible amounts of Things to Do in it, always feeling pressure that we somehow weren't allotted ENOUGH. Time Gluttons, we are never satisfied, always lusting for more. MORE. The older we get, Fat on Time and Rich in Days, the more attention we pay to its pace. The ticking seems louder and the hands spin faster around the face of our clocks every year. We look back and regret how much of it we've squandered and look forward anxious about how much is left. The question is, "Why?" Why do we wish for more? What would we do with more than we are doing with this Gift of Today? As you and I sit, perched on the edge of a new day, let us consider this: How about if we just fully live Today? Let's not wolf it down, swallowing without chewing, but intentionally slow down and SAVOR it. Let's toss out our To Do Lists. For one day, we won't tell ourselves (or others) how BUSY we are. I am as tired of hearing it from you as you are hearing it from me You are no more busy than I am. I have the same amount of time in this day as you do. The real question that needs to be answered is, "What will we do with This Gift of Today?" People talk about Living in the Moment. What if we really did that today? What if we fully lived in 1,440 moments? What if, for today, we let go of yesterday and tomorrow? What if we took tiny bites of THIS day, chewing and noticing, appreciating and ingesting everything that comes to us in each mouthful? Jesus came to give us abundant life--a life that is full of purpose and meaning--a life that satisfies the deepest longing of our souls until Time is of no consequence. (John 10:10) Don't be in a hurry. Don't be distracted. Don't be robbed. Don't miss it.

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