Over the past couple weeks I have heard so many people talking about time and how no matter what we can’t get it back. We all have the same number of hours every day, we all get 24 hours each day. It’s what we do with this time everyday that matters.
“Time is free, but it is priceless.
You can’t own it, but you can use it.
You can’t keep time, but you can spend it.
Once you’ve lost it,
you can never get it back.”
Recently at our church in Kentucky and in Ohio we had a series backed up by secular movies. The weeks that involved time used Interstellar and About Time. Both were focusing on trying to do things differently and trying to change your past. We don’t get that chance. We can’t go back in time and change our decisions. We can only make the most of the time that we have right now, and what we can do differently going forward. We have to value the time that we have with our family, our loved ones, our friends.
A couple of the most interesting things that I have heard about our time these past few weeks have been that it’s a bank. We must invest into others lives, before we withdraw too much from them. We have to be careful how we withdraw from others lives, and make sure that we have invested properly into this bank. We get out of people what we put into them.
The other example was around a man putting gum balls in a jar that equaled the number of days between then and when his son would go off to college. Every day he removed one knowing that it was one day that he could never get back with his son. Our pastor in Ohio took this a step further and placed gum balls in a jar for every year between now and when he would be 76 – The average age of a man in the United States when he dies. Yes, this seems morbid, but put it into perspective how much longer you have with your loved ones. I want to take this a step further, the average age of women at death is estimated at around 81. How many gum balls do you have left with your spouse? How many gum balls do you have left before your kid or kids go off to college? How many gum balls do you have left with your parents?
I want to leave you with this challenge this week. Shut up and listen. Stop focusing on what you have to do tomorrow or next week. Focus on what you can do with your family today. Focus on what you can do as a family tonight. Spend this week going just a little slower and looking at what you have around you. We are now in the fall, leaves are changing, day light doesn’t last as long, find a spot to look at the trees or look at the stars. Look at the beauty in the world around you. Invest in the lives of your loved ones, invest in the lives of your friends, invest in the lives of those that you come across every day. Do something for someone else, give the server at the restaurant a compliment along with that tip, pay for the person behind you in the drive through, Turn off you work brain at the end of the day. I have to admit that I’m a fan of the new Hyundai commercial that says “When did leaving work on time become a badge of courage?” Leave work at work, focus on what is right in front of you. You cannot get time back that you miss out on with your family. Your child only takes their first steps once. There is only one first time for anything.
Take a look at this video, and have a great week.