With awards like 30 under 30 or 40 under 40, consciously or subconsciously the average person rewards themselves for doing things “before their time.” On the other hand we also seem to belittle ourselves or society judges us for not being “on time.”
One thing I’ve noticed about humans, is that we seem to be totally obsessed with time. When you think about it, even one of the most famous magazines that has marked some of the greatest cultural events in history is called just that; Time.
So what if we just tried to live in time?
We learn to show up to job interviews early, but not text a person back to soon. We’ve mastered rushing through things we don’t care for like work, but basking in our few hours of down time. Unfortunately, when it comes to the things we love, there never seems to be enough time.
As we grow we learn that time will hurt you if you live long enough. Time can fire you, end your life, be the gateway to great news and a second later make you feel like all hope is lost. I mean even when I was living in sin, my monthly not being on time cut deeper than a knife! The timing of a possible pregnancy scared me more than the thought of being a mother…Grab a hold of that perspective!
But why do we put so much emphasis on time? I mean aren’t we all just running out of time anyway?
I was watching a movie the other day about a young lady who met her long term boyfriend when she was a young girl. They spent their childhood-young adulthood together and then she became sick. Eventually she ran out of time. What a horrible thing to die so young. They probably spent 15-20 years together. Then it hit me.
Proverbs 16: 9 states “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.” You can be 15 and meet the love of your life, or start a business before 30 only to loose it all. You also can go most of your adult life broke, single, and lost; but then at 45 find Jesus and live your best life.
So I guess the saying is true “time waits for no man”. However, let’s also say that man waits for no time.
What if we just tried to live in time? Living in the moment instead of fearing what may come and being ashamed of what should have been. What if people stop asking you “when are you getting married? Don’t you want to have children? Do you really think it makes a difference to go back to school now?” What if people didn’t feel the urge to to question your time line?
Matthew 6:27 states “And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?”
So I guess the saying is true “time waits for no man”. However, let’s also say that man waits for no time. Although time holds the dates, we carry out the history! Every moment in time would be irrelevant without us! Let me go even further to say that every moment in time would be irrelevant without God working through us!
No matter how old or young you are, allow God to order your steps through Christ and stop focusing on what the world says is normal in the societal timeline. Now go make history…but in God’s time!