In time (part 2)

Posted: October 28, 2011 by Emilio Garofalo Neto in Action, Sci-Fi
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Yesterday we talked about this utterly cool-looking movie in which time IS money. We discussed a bit about God’s relationship to time. Today we will look at some aspects of how WE relate to time! This movie raises several interesting questions about how we deal with this very important part of our lives. Go watch it, but look at more than the action and cool effects: examine how the movie portrays the things that are important, what people are willing to do for more time (money) and the like. Try to understand how time is presented and its importance for human life.

If we only had the time, how much would we accomplish? Would we memorize more Scripture, spend more time with family and friends, make more money, enjoy more beach time? All of us complain of not having enough time. Is the complaint true? Yes, it is; but who is to blame? The Bible tells us that God is in control of time and that he calls us to be responsible with our use of time. Perhaps we never have time because we are not wise with the time we do have. God calls us to engage in several things: worship, work (study), family and even rest and play. God called us to do all those things, and he did give us enough time for such things. But we keep on biting more than we can chew – we work more hours than needed to have more money to spend on vacations we never take because we are too busy making money for such. We never have time for the family because our family spends all the time in soccer, football, ballet and flute lessons. Got it? We never have enough time because we are unwise with our priorities, we think we need more entertainment, work and fun than we actually do. On the other hand, we need more worship and family time than we think we do.

Stewardship is a very important word in the Christian life. We understand that all the resources we have come from God’s good hand and we are called to be wise with them. If we think of time as a resource we will think better about how to spend it. In the movie every minute you spend with something else is a minute of your life that is lost. Isn’t it always like that though? The minutes you spent reading this post will never be regained. I hope they were profitable! The Bible teaches us to be wise concerning our time. Life is limited and we have no idea when that will be over. Moses asks God to “teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom”Psalm 90:12. This does not mean that we should make every minute one of frantic production; wisdom involves stopping and resting, which for many this is even harder than working.

We live before the face of God and we should count time as one of his many blessing to us. As a blessing it is meant to be used for good. As it was said in another movie, “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.”

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