The Time of Your Life...
Blessings to you!
Are you having the time of your life? Jesus said, "I have come so they may have life, and have it abundantly." If you don't feel that defines your experience of life, you might want to take a look at how you spend your time.
Charles Fillmore, co-founder of Unity said: Time is the limitation of man's consciousness of space. A day is a measure of time in the realm of effects. A sidereal day is that period in which the earth rotates once on its axis. Man divided that period into seconds, minutes, hours, and thus invented time.
I think when we 'invented' time we created a cruel taskmaster. We now spend much of our life essence and energy trying to control or manipulate it, or to dance to it's tune Never Enough.
The whole time thing, is actually ambiguous. Have you ever noticed how much longer an hour in the dentist's chair is than an hour spending time visiting with a loved one? There is another error thought that states Time is money. That is not true. Unless you make it true for yourself.
Time, in the material realm, is like money, in that it is 'spent' in one way or another. While we are eternal beings, we are currently having a temporal physical experience. How we spend our time will add up to the sum total of our life. Consider the scripture: "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. MT 6:20,21.
What is your true treasure? Family? Travel? Study? Nature? Creativity?Metaphysically, the word heart means the combined thinking/feeling faculties. When we spend our time invested in the things that hold true value for us, our treasure chest overflows.
Another ridiculous thing we have 'invented,' is time saving devices. Seriously? I have so many time-saving devices my days should be 124 hours long, and all free time. Where exactly did all that time we saved go? What did we do with it? In reality, our days are no longer. We may, or may not have been more productive. Or we may have stuffed that 'saved' time with more stuff to keep ourselves busy, or chase money.
Then there is the black hole of time that is wasted in over-use of technology or entertainment. Note that I said over-use. It's not about this/or, it's about this/and, finding a balance. It's easy to slide into oblivion. The good news, is that you can take control of your time and your life. It won't hurt. I promise.
Unity teaches Life is Consciousness. If we are not conscious of how we are spending our time, we are not aware of where our life is headed. Benjamin Franklin said, Do you love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of."
Important: Do not think that this statement is about spending your time being productive. It is about making every moment of the day worth what you did with it. Sometimes that is relaxing and doing absolutely nothing.
Many years ago, I was given this affirmation by a congregation member. It was written by Samuel Pugh, and titled "A New Day." For me, it is a regular reminder to use my time...and my life...wisely.
A New Day
This is the beginning of a new day.
God has given me this day to use as I will.
I can waste it or use it for good,
but what I do today is important
because I am exchanging a day of my life for it.
When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever,
leaving in its place something that I have traded for it.
I want it to be gain and not loss; good and not evil;
success and not failure; in order that I shall not
regret the price I have paid for it.
I have it memorized, and you may also find that memorizing it, or saying it daily will bless your every day.
May every minute of your day be filled with meaning.
I am an ordained Unity minister. I have retired from pulpit ministry to touch hearts and inspire others through the stories, essays and novels I write.