I collect Commencement Addresses – this is one of my favorites from 2014 –
“Hope walks through the fire ~ Faith leaps over it”
Peace Harmony & Happy Monday
Nothing but a Wisp of Fog
James 4:13-15 The Message (MSG)
13-15 I now have a word for you who brashly announce. “Today—at the latest, tomorrow—we’re off to such and such a city for the year. We’re going to start a business and make a lot of money.” You don’t know the first thing about tomorrow. You’re nothing but a wisp of fog, catching a brief bit of sun before disappearing. Instead, make it a habit to say, “If the Master wills it and we’re still alive, we’ll do this or that.”
Dr. Seuss wrote, “How did it get late so soon?” The older you get, the quicker time passes. The older you get, the more you understand the seasons of time, the qualities of time which have made up your life…years of struggle, moments of pure joy, seconds of pure terror, and vast stretches of boredom. I remember when summers seemed to last forever.
More than smartphones, computers, and tablets, the clock is the most addictive and controlling technological device we own today. In our culture, we learn lessons about the time along the way, like, “time is money,” and “wasted time is wasted opportunity.” We are are a culture that has found time so abundant we could kill it when we thought we had too much, with thinking like “I had some time to kill.”
Does the clock tell us what is most important in life, does it tell us that it is the time of beginning or end? That now is the time to break or reconcile? The time to rebuild or break down? We need to realize that the clock does not answer these questions. The ways and wonders of time are much more complicated, much deeper, much more sacred than we assume. It takes inner wisdom, cultivated purposefully and in quiet, deep spaces to learn how to really tell time.
Let’s spend our Time and Energy being creative, being kind, being an asset to your community and family. And, not worrying, not being fearful, not being pity and not listening and joining into the negativity. Be the Stewardship of Your Time!
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