Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Time Enough

I often hear people say, "I'm so busy." Even more often, I hear myself say it.

It's not really true.

The truth is: I waste a lot of time. I have been better recently, but in my life, I do a lot of things that I don't need to. I have watched a lot of television in my life. I've played many computer games. I've spent a lot of time on the Internet. I've spent hours upon hours looking at sports stats and working on my fantasy sports teams. Like I said, I've done so much better with this stuff recently and spending the hours of my life on more worthy enterprises (having a child somewhat demands this, but what a joyful demand it is).

However, I am still quite convicted about the way that I use time. Yes, I admit that Derek Webb has contributed greatly to this conviction. I've thought, "Okay, would Jesus spend time working on his fantasy baseball team?" Or, "Is playing Insaniquarium part of being Christlike?" But Mr. Webb responds, "You can do what Jesus would, but you'd be surprised what you can do with a hard heart." Imitating Christ has more to with why we do than what we do.

Back to the point of this post though, when we say that we're so busy, we're too busy. Perhaps I need to personalize that statement. I can't speak for all of you. I just know that I often tell people I'm busy, and immediately think after I say it, "Yeah, but with what are you busy?"

I'm not saying that we should be working 24-7 specifically on things that are only listed in scripture as worthwhile. All the things I listed above about myself are not in and of themselves bad things. (I am a believer in the necessity of recreational time and "time off" - it's biblical and necessary in life.) But the attention that I give to those activities can be bad and quite easily and quickly so.

Another line from Lyricist Webb sings "I work real hard but I mostly call in sick". I think perhaps this sums up the essence of my point. We do do a lot, especially in our American society built on fast food ethics and desire for instantaneousness. But our business is often busy-ness that contributes little or nothing to life. Is what we do necessary? If we say "I don't have time" to the beneficial and worthy calls of life, perhaps we need to reorganize our time and re-look our priorities. I don't think that God has ever called anyone to do more than that for which he or she had the time.

Because when it comes down to it, I have time enough.

(Okay, now back to the seminary assignments I'm neglecting.)

- J

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