WE HAVE TIME AND ETERNITY
An author I was reading years ago used a phrase that has stuck with me. It was "busy laziness."
You know how we are always being asked to do things we really don't want to do and we say, "I just don't have time." That is "busy laziness."
We do have the time. All we have is time. We live in eternity as a soul but we live in time as a body. Everything on this plane of existence is related to time.
I remember the old scarecrow preachers in the churches of my childhood talking about being "hurled out into eternity." Friends, eternity is not something we are going to reach at death. We were "hurled into eternity" when we were created as souls. Eternity is an ongoing process. We are in eternity. Right now.
I remember seeing roadside concrete signs, "Where will you spend eternity?" and "Jesus is coming soon." I always wondered, "If He is coming soon, why put up a concrete sign? Cardboard should do."
We need a clear understanding of time in relation to eternity. Ever since we were created as souls we have been in eternity. Who was I before I was Dalton Roberts? Who were you a day before you were born? We certainly existed because several verses tell us God knew us before the foundation of the world. Our world was created 13 billion or so years ago so maybe that's why I have so much arthritis (just kidding, Lord).
Once we entered the physical realm, we entered the zone of time. The scriptures and all historical documents talk about years and days and minutes because they were written for those of us who are now experiencing the time phase of eternity.
So, I repeat, all we have is time in this realm. It is incorrect to say, "I don't have time to do that." If you are alive and conscious, you have time. So we should always answer honestly and the honest answers are "I have other things with a higher priority for my time," or "I have other ways I committed to spend my time," or "I don't want to."
The danger of saying, "I don't have time" is that it creates the disabling habit of rationalization. It is a fancy, stylish excuse and it makes us feel valuable that so many things are vying for our time. It helps us avoid what we don't want to do and gives us a showbiz idea of being very busy and important.
Time is the money we spend in the physical realm of existence but since our spirituality is also currently practiced in the physical realm, time is also money in the spiritual realm. If we do not seize the time we need to evolve ourselves as spiritual beings, we are impoverishing ourselves by not investing our money (time) in the development of our souls.
At times it is a challenge to devote time to my journal. A day can seem to just swoop you up and run yon to and fro until you are ready to drop when you get home. When I see I am going to have a day like that, I get up a little early and write in my journal in the morning. Nothing has meant more in my spiritual practice than journaling and I do have time for it because it is worth the time I invest in it.
I not only write some thoughts every day, I summarize the day's activities because seeing how those activities paid off or didn't pay off gives great perspective. Perspective is the main thing that helps us determine where to spend our time.
We are powerful beings. We can actually make time. We can grab a portion of a day in this period of eternity and make time for whatever we wish.
We do have time all the time as we continue to experience eternity.
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