For those interested, Daylight Saving Time starts this weekend. I say that to remind church goers that this is the Sunday, when because of that lost hour of sleep, the sermon will seem extra long. The snorers are going to snore this Sunday.
The rock group Chicago was a really popular one back in the 70s and 80s. One of their great hits was “Does Anybody Really Know what Time it is?” It began like this: “As I was walking down the street one day, a man came up to me and asked me what the time was that was on my watch, yeah.” OK, you do the “yeah” part. Let’s try again.
“Does anybody really know what time it is? Does anybody really care about time?” The lyrics say that “we’ve all got time to cry.” And at the conclusion of the song, it says, “We’ve all got time enough to die.”
Albert Einstein had a theory called the “clock paradox.” In that theory, time passes more slowly for an object in motion than for one at rest. He reasoned that an astronaut traveling at a high rate of speed to a distant star would age less than his twin sister who remained on earth. So, what I think he was saying is that you age faster sitting in church listening to a sermon. (Now would be the time for you to insert a Smart Alec comment.)
Let’s think about how we do spend our time on earth. Sociologists have done the research, and if you live to be 70, then you will spend 19 years sleeping. You will spend 20 years working. Six years eating (unless you are a Baptist). Seven years playing. Five years dressing (unless you are a girl, and then number goes up to 10). Three years waiting on somebody. Five months tying shoe laces, which is a good argument for loafers. And if you are dedicated to the church, then one and a half years in church, unless of course you are a Baptist, where one sermon can seem like a year.
Time is our most valuable possession. Given time we can do almost anything; without time we can do nothing at all. Did you know that time is more valuable than money? With time you can earn money. But with all the money in the world, you cannot buy an additional hour or second of time.
There are two temptations when it comes to time. First, there is a tendency to remember the past as being better than it was. Memories become selective and we talk about the good old days. I love what Will Rogers said, “Things ain’t what they used to be, and probably never were.”
The second temptation about time is to view the present as worse than it is. The present is always at a disadvantage because we are comparing today’s realities against yesterday’s carefully screened memories.
In Ephesians 5:16, it is true that Paul talks about how bad the days are, how evil they are, etc. But he offers a good word to all Christians, “Make the most of your time.”
You could make the most of your time by getting to bed early this Saturday night, reclaiming that lost hour, and then actually paying attention to the sermon on Sunday. Or, you could do as the late Fannie Owen did when I got up to preach. That was her cue to give me a smile, pull her hat over her eyes, and catch a few ZZZs.