Not Ruled by Time (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

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The ancient Mayans of Central America were obsessed with time. Early in their history they began to study the movement of the planets. Soon they noted a correlation between the cycles of planets and the seasons, and they began to chart the stars. The priests interpreted their findings, and they devised an elaborate calendar which was as accurate as any calendar used today. With it they were able to calculate dates far into the past and the future. Mayan life was dictated by this calendar. Times for plantings, harvests, and sacrifices were minutely calculated and strictly observed.

Our culture is dominated by time. Clocks and calendars, datebooks and watches keep us marching rigidly on schedule. In some ways such attention to time is good, if it helps us to use it wisely. The apostle Paul said we as Christians should make the most of our time (Ephesians 5:16). On the other hand, James warned that we should not take pride in our planning, since life is brief and under God’s control (4:13, 17). Schedules and daily agendas must be laid out with biblical purposes and priorities clearly in mind. And this will include time to relax and enjoy life.

Our earth and its seasons will one day pass away. And when they do, many of the things we tried to crowd into a day will not mean a thing. When we stand before God, will we be able to say that time did not rule us but that we ruled time? – David C. Egner

If time could be our servant,
Our work would be sublime;
But if we do not master it,
We’re only “serving time.” – C. Hess

Don’t just spend time; invest it.
– October 25, 1988