Memorial Day is the traditional start of summer in America and Labor Day is typically seen as the official end. Many Americans mark these two dates like start/finish lines. The famous Indianapolis 500 is on Memorial Day, and the beginning of major league baseball playoffs are around Labor Day. Between these chronological bookends lies a valuable time frame for you and your family to experience a more leisurely pace.
When I think of the concept of time, two lines from the book of Ecclesiastes comes to mind: “There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven. He has made everything beautiful in its time.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 11) The Bible is filled with references to time and how to use it and how not to waste it. Here are a few:
Proverbs 27:1 “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.”
Psalm 31:14-15 “I trust in you, O LORD; I say, ‘You are my God.’ My times are in your hand.”
Psalm 90:12 “So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.”
Romans 13:11-12 “Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.”
2 Peter 3:8-9 “But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.”
Ephesians 5:15-17 “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”
John 9:4 “We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work.”
Hebrews 13:8 “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”
Matthew 5:18 “For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.”
These verses contain great insights on how believers ought to view time. Here are a few of my gleanings:
1. No one knows how much time he or she has on this earth, so stay humble. Live like it’s your last day.
2. Thank God for your past, live for God in the present and trust God for your future because your times are in His hands.
3. Life is meant to be a learning experience from start to finish. Never stop growing in wisdom.
4. Wasting time by living in sin is tragically unwise because Jesus is coming soon. Walk in the light!
5. Spend every day looking for God-ordained opportunities. Seek consistently to do God’s will.
6. Do not procrastinate doing what you know is good. Your time is limited.
7. Everything on earth changes with the passage of time but two things never change; Jesus and His Word.
When I was a philosophy major in university, I used to ponder the idea of time versus eternity. Two main questions dominated my thinking. Is eternity simply time without end? Or is eternity another dimension outside of time? Let me know what you think by emailing your answers to email@example.com. In the meantime, make the best use of this summertime by staying close to the Lord.
"The Bible is filled with references to time and how to use it and how not to waste it."
"No one knows how much time he or she has on this earth, so stay humble. Live like it’s your last day."
"Is eternity simply time without end? Or is eternity another dimension outside of time?"