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Time

As a culture, we seem to talk a lot about time. We say things like, ‘if only I had more time’, ‘I don’t have time’, ‘time has flown by’, ‘time flies when you’re having fun’, ‘well it’s about time!’, and even ‘once upon a time’. I’m sure you could add many more to that list.

Time is important, or at least the world seems to put a huge emphasis on the importance of time. From my perspective the greater the emphasis, the greater the probability that anxiety can develop. I think it’s true of all of us that at some point in our lives anxiety related to time creeps in, and perhaps even dominates. That is certainly true for me.

For some reason, unknown to me, I have been thinking about this a lot the past couple of days. I also keep remembering a fairly well-known Bible passage about time.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 says, ‘To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven:
A time to be born,
And a time to die;
A time to plant,
And a time to pluck what is planted;
A time to kill,
And a time to heal;
A time to break down,
And a time to build up;
A time to weep,
And a time to laugh;
A time to mourn,
And a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones,
And a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace,
And a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to gain,
And a time to lose;
A time to keep,
And a time to throw away;
A time to tear,
And a time to sew;
A time to keep silence,
And a time to speak;
A time to love,
And a time to hate;
A time of war,
And a time of peace.’

I am starting to enjoy a meaning of the phrase, ‘there’s no time like the present.’ For me I’ve always struggled with dwelling on the past and worrying about the future. Little by little I’m discovering the peace, joy, and comfort found when I rest in the present moment with Abba. It’s a hard discipline, but it’s worth the time!

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