Some say it is a special construct. Others refer to it as an illusion. Einstein
called it relative (as you have experienced if you’ve been in a car accident
when seconds feel like minutes). Whatever it is, time is a key element of life
and as Steve Miller warns us, it keeps on “slippin’ into the future.”
Like each of the areas we have covered so far, time is negatively affected
by the sin in this Genesis Three World. For example, some people drift
toward the wasting of time. They remain idle as time slips. Sin kills the
motivations to honor God with time and, therefore, leads to two extremes in
time wasting. Slothfulness and Busybodiedness. As one sits passive, the
other spins their wheels and not much of any value moves into the
Another result of sin on time is infatuation with the past. We do well to
learn from and enjoy memories from the past. I am thankful for the decades-
old home videos my dad made of interviews of a now-deceased generation
of Goodmans. I enjoy viewing old photos and pulling out the dust-covered
slides (remember slides?). You have similar past-oriented traditions as well.
Those are good. Remember even Jesus points us to the past each time we
take the Bread and Wine in remembrance of me. None of those secular or
religious activities call for a dwelling in the past; they offer memories, not
Peter, in trying to make sense of a beyond-comprehension occurrence,
attempted to set up camp. The Father, as He always does, had a better plan.
A perfect plan.
Part of listening to (and heeding) Jesus is living each “Today” with an
eye on “Tomorrow.” No matter how good your good ol’ days were, they are
no place for you today.
Yet another result of sin on time is obsession with the future. You may
be asking, “Didn’t you just write ‘an eye on tomorrow,’ Mark?” Yes, I did.
However, “an eye on” and “obsession” are not the same thing. “An eye on”
leads to achieved goals, fulfilled dreams, self-restraint, and secure
retirement – to name a few benefits. Obsession leads to anxiety, selfishness,
missing great “now” moments, helicopter and/or live-my-unmet-dreams-
for-me parents – to name a few damages.
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