What Wisdom Has Taught Me About Time
Everyone says that time heals everything. I'm not sure if it heals everything, however, I know we all have the same amount of time to deal with everything. It doesn't matter if you are a newborn babe or 100-year-old senior citizen, we all have 24 hours in a day. What we do with those 24 hours is all up to us.
Ecclesiastes lets us know that there is a time for everything.
A right time for birth and another for death, A right time to plant and another to reap, A right time to kill and another to heal, A right time to destroy and another to construct, A right time to cry and another to laugh, A right time to lament and another to cheer, A right time to make love and another to abstain, A right time to embrace and another to part, A right time to search and another to count your losses, A right time to hold on and another to let go, A right time to rip out and another to mend, A right time to shut up and another to speak up, A right time to love and another to hate, A right time to wage war and another to make peace. Ecclesiastes 3:2-8 MSG
Our day is usually divided into home, work, church, school, sleep, hobby, exercise, family, TV, or friends. When you try to divide your day between all these events, we sometimes become stressed because of our inability to complete everything. So, something or someone has to be eliminated.
Even though we all have the same amount of time in each day, depending on the situation we may need more time than others to heal and process an event in our life. For instance, when a person experiences death in their life you cannot expect them to get over the loss in 24 hours. People process grief differently. Granted there are steps to processing grief, however, there is no definite timetable for each step. There are so many factors and variables that must be considered.
Another instance is forgiveness. Some people can forgive and forget instantly. Others, it takes some time. Peter asked Jesus how many times we have to forgive our brothers and sisters and
“Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.” Do you know how many times that is? Matthew 18:21-22 NIV
The Message Bible makes it plainer “Jesus replied, “Seven! Hardly. Try seventy times seven. “ Matthew 18:22 MSG
That's 490 times for one person. WOW!! It doesn't matter what the issue is. Now, it doesn't mean that you blindly allow them continually to abuse, hurt, or take advantage of you.
Christ let us know that if we want to be forgiven, we must forgive. Sometimes we knowingly hurt or do others wrong, so we must make those things right, because those are intentional. There is nothing wrong with asking for forgiveness and saying I am sorry. Don’t spend your time wishing you had used your time wiser. Remember we all have the same amount. What are you doing with your time?