okay, march. let’s do this.
From The Quiet Place: Daily Devotional Readings by Nancy Leigh DeMoss:
Whereas a fool lives for the moment, without thought for the future implications of his choices, wise people make their decisions against the backdrop of eternity, considering how their choices will make a difference in the long run. Will this matter a hundred years from now? Five years from now? That’s how a wise person thinks.
Fools live for themselves, don’t care to be reflective, and are often careless and undisciplined in the way they handle their time. The wise, by comparison, live for the glory of God, aren’t afraid to examine themselves closely, and are thoughtful and intentional in how they steward the resources that have been entrusted to them…
…Does this mean we can’t ever take time off or just “have fun”? Of course not. But it is a call to be wise, to redeem the time and make the most of every opportunity, always keeping eternity in view.
From Eugene H. Peterson’s Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places:
The salvation story is a God story. It is God doing for us what we cannot do for ourselves. It is also God doing this in his own way and not to our dictates or preferences. He does not consult us regarding matters of timing.
This requires constant reiteration. We humans, with our deep-seated pretensions to being gods, are endlessly preoccupied with worrying and tinkering with matters of salvation as if we were in charge of it. But we are not. God carries out the work of salvation; not, to be sure, without our participation, but it is God’s work done in God’s way.
Because of the One Book event in my town (I shared about that here.), I’ve been thinking about time lately. And that thing has happened that so often does when you’re thinking about something — you see it everywhere.
Here’s a passage in Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places that I came across yesterday:
The understanding and honoring of time is fundamental to the realization of who we are and how we live. Violations of sacred time become desecrations of our most intimate relations with God and one another. Hours and days, weeks and months and years, are the very stuff of holiness.
Among the many desecrations visited upon the creation, the profanation of time ranks near the top, at least among North Americans. Time is the medium in which we do all our living. When time is desecrated, life is desecrated. The most conspicuous evidences of this desecration are hurry and procrastination: Hurry turns away from the gift of time in a compulsive grasping for abstractions that it can possess and control. Procrastination is distracted from the gift of time in a lazy inattentiveness to the life of obedience and adoration by which we enter the “fullness of time.” Whether by a hurried grasping or by a procrastinating inattention, time is violated.
And then this, from the same book:
…ordinary time is not what biblical people endure or put up with or hurry through as we wait around for the end time and its rocket launch into eternity. It is a gift through which we participate in the present and daily work of God. I finally got it: end time influences present ordinary time, not by diminishing or denigrating it but by charging it, filling it with purpose and significance. The end time is not a future we wait for but the gift of the fullness of time that we receive in adoration and obedience as it flows into the present.