Here are some times I have thought about time.
When I was about eleven years old, I distinctly remember calculating the number of years, days, hours, minutes and seconds to the year 2000 (30 / 10,950 / 262,800 / 15,768,000 / 944,080,000 respectively). I wondered what it would be like to be that old and whether I would even make it to be 41 whole years old.
As a junior in high school I was a foreign exchange student to Ghana, in west Africa. Coming home, against the time zones, I left Ghana at midnight and was home in South Dakota by 9:00 p.m. Going half way around the world in one day is still amazing to me.
I’ve also wondered how much time I have spent in my life waiting. Waiting for my family, waiting for an appointment, waiting for a special event…. I have also wondered why it is that we are willing to wait 2 hours to see a doctor, but are angry if we have to spend 2 minutes in a drive-up for fast food?
What’s the point? There are 24 hours in every single day. Some of the time in our day is dedicated for us – work, sleep, eating, etc. For the remainder of the time, we need to make priorities and decisions.
When I hear someone say, I don’t have time to do this or that, I remember what a band instructor once told me, “You never have time, you have to make time.” The more I think about that, he was exactly right. You never have the time, you have to make a decision and make the time.
If we say we don’t have time, many times what we are really saying is, that it’s simply not a higher priority for us. It’s about time and how we choose to spend it.