Time's Fun When You're Having Flies...

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Above is a picture taken from behind the clock at Le Musée d’Orsay in Paris. My friend Jeremy took this photo. It has become one of my favorites from the last year’s adventure to the city of Lights. If not because it reminds me of the wonderful and timeless pieces of art I saw, but also because I had such a great time.

Time. This picture reminds me of the time I spent wandering aimlessly and slowly down the streets listening to street artists, contemplating paintings on the wall, and enjoying, like really enjoying all the food I ate. I guess you could say it was the time of my life!

Confession to you all, my dear readers: I’ve been functioning as if time is running out. This state of mind has me rushing through just about every activity. From as informal activities such as reading and writing to more professional activities as meetings and even leading worship, I’ve had my foot on the accelerator doing my best to save time in order to have more time….Wait. What? Exactly. So, before I go any further, I apologize for rushing. I apologize for being in such a hurry that we do not get to be together in a complete way. While I do not believe we’ve wasted our time, I do believe I have not honored your time entirely.

Time. It is something not meant to be wasted or killed (I can’t stand that expression by the way and thing it is time we retire it!). Instead, time is to be embraced and enjoyed. Time is a gift.

What has me thinking about time was a meditative moment for Monday mornings in one of my prayer books. The instruction for today was this: Pause to look at the clock, and think about the mystery of time. Every second, every minute, every hour, every day, is God’s gift of time. It is a gift unearned, simply given.

Time. We all have time. Sometimes we run out of time. At times we feel as if we don’t have enough time. We even say to some they have too much time. As one philosopher has said, “The times, they are a changing.”

Time flies. Or as Kermit the Frog has said, “Time’s fun when your having flies.” You might want to read that a second time…Whatever time it is for you, take time.

Call time out. Or time in. Take the time you need. As you do remember time is a part of our faith journey.

Ecclesiastes reminds us everything has its time.
A time to be born, and a time to die…
A time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted…
A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing…
A time to keep, and a time to throw away…
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven…”

Time is a gift. Take time to be. I give you permission to take as much time as you need today to whatever brings you life. I encourage you to be mindful of your time. Because there is no better time than now….

[Adam Quine, pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Lincoln]


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