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Wednesday Word – September 2, 2020 Theology

Time is running out

I read in the newspaper this morning that an asteroid is on a possible collision course with Earth and could arrive in November 2020. The 2018VP1 asteroid has a 0.41% chance of colliding with Earth as it is within 280,000 miles of our blue planet on the day ahead of the 2020 election. It was entertaining, the social media memes of Chaos and seeing disasters related to the elections, and even more so considering an asteroid is on our way.

Interestingly, the response was a bit humorous: “It turns out” or “Maybe this will bring us all out of our misery” or “Maybe this event wins the 2020 Disaster Lottery just to compete with a possible Yellowstone outbreak.” . ”My favorite is” COVID + Politics / Asteroid = Ahhhh “. Now I can’t talk about the scientific questions surrounding COVID or the asteroid, but I can tell you about worry, time and what’s important.

The time has an expiration date

We are so concerned or concerned about what will happen tomorrow that our time today is lost forever. The most important and ultimately perishable or volatile possession we have is time. What you do with the time you own defines you. Life was always temporary; It has an expiration date unknown to us now, but it is coming. I recently bought a blackberry smoothie at the grocery store. It was a nice, refreshing drink during the break. So I bought two more and put them in my fridge. However, I hadn’t seen them perish and eventually ferment and explode in the refrigerator. No joy there.

Today you have been given time. What you will do with that time will define you. Some of your time is devoted to work in a workplace, but some of it is up to you. Are you going to spend this time worrying about an event that you cannot control? Are you going to spend time being mad at politics? Are you going to spend time watching television and vicariously living in an alternate reality that makes you forget the current reality? OR are you going to make this time worth something? Are you going to spend this time making memories with those you love? Are you going to spend the time doing an activity that will bring peace and health to your heart and mind? I am reminded of the words of Jesus here at Matthew 6: 25-34. It’s a long paragraph but worth considering:

“This is why I tell you: don’t worry about your life, what you will eat or drink. nor for your body what you will wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the air birds that neither sow nor reap or gather in barns and yet Your Heavenly Father is feeding them. Aren’t you worth much more than them? And who of you who are concerned can add an hour to their life? And why are you worried about clothes? Watch the lilies of the field grow; they do not work and do not spin, but I tell you that not even Solomon in all his glory did not dress like one of these. But if God dresses the grass of the field that lives today and tomorrow so that it is thrown into the stove, won’t He clothe you much more? You of little faith! Then don’t worry and say, “What are we going to eat?” or ‘What are we going to drink?’ or ‘What clothes are we going to wear?’ For the heathen eagerly seek all these things; because your Heavenly Father knows you need all of these things. But seek his kingdom and his righteousness first, and all these things will be added to you.
“So don’t worry about tomorrow; because tomorrow will take care of itself. Every day has enough problems of its own. “

Our allotted time

Each of us is running out of time. The day we were born the clock started and our Creator watched how we passed the time allotted to us. However, our world paralyzes us with fear and replaces love and joy with fear and anger. We are frozen in the moment and the moments pass, empty of what is important, full of what is not.

Don’t let politics, asteroids, or viruses steal you if you have the time. You were given today. What will you do with it? How can you improve someone’s life while enriching your own life? What will your experience with God, the Creator of all, be like? Asteroids and viruses come and go.

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