MAKING YOUR TIME COUNT
By Rev. Dr. Arthur Chang
Time feels no obligation to us for being worthwhile and valuable. One moment after another, it comes into being and perishes. This rhythm, thinkers of quantum science tell us, is how reality throughout the universe comes into being and instantly perishes. Our senses cannot detect these quantum changes, which are everlastingly present.
As ingenious beings, we use the pulse of time and the openness of space to give our lives meaningful expressions beyond the vital matter of merely surviving. Time is not purely for enduring because in each droplet, it becomes seeds of actual reality, actual occasion.
We have innumerable ways to measure our good use of time. This may include time spent in connecting with loved ones, working, playing, thinking and perhaps most importantly, planting seedlings of purpose to grow into the future we wish to create and experience. God enjoys seeing us grow into such expressions of goodness.
Did I mean we each create our future? I did. Contrary to the great theologian St. Thomas Aquinas, who said only God can create, we do create. His justification was God created “ex-nihilo”—from nothing and that is what defines “creation” for him. This is not sufficient justification for accepting Aquinas’ assumption. Furthermore, even Genesis 1 noted there were certain existing elements from which God created the world. What is true for you and me is that God does not create the life we are living. We do, and with our time and thought, we can change it if we do not like it. God does not make cars and houses. God does provide us with an amazing intelligence, time, and space along with the freedom to fulfill our lives by means of our creations. Our creations are best when they serve the greater purpose of making others better as well as ourselves. This echoes, “Love"—“Love your neighbor as yourself.” It is fundamental that life is relational and time is for us to discover this and exemplify it in our lives.
If you feel you are not using your time well and there is less time than before, then it is important to do a few things to simply your life and make your time count.
7 Steps for Making Your Time Count Daily
1. Reflect on what you would like to accomplish before the end of your life.
2. With this vision commit the amount to time you must dedicate to your activity to succeed at your goal or vision.
3. Weed out time wasters that leak off your time.
4. Plan fun time to keep your mind joyous and soaring.
5. Take care of your health as best you can.
6. Make time for relating in this relational world.
7. Express gratitude for all you are, all you have and all you will have.
You may need to add to or to change this list for your personal use. Do not hesitate to do so. My objective is to remind you of how much of a gift is your brief time here in this life and not to waste it. You cannot retrieve what is wasted. By not being sufficiently present in your appreciation of your great opportunity, it is likely that in following these guidelines you will be participating in a happy and fulfilled life.