With Daylight Savings time ending soon, I remembered hearing a story about a very tired looking young pastor who got up in front of his church on the Sunday when Daylight Savings time began and said, “I don’t know about you, but the hour we lost last night not only affected my sleep, it was also the hour I had planned to work on my sermon…” Well, I guess if losing an hour of sleep can detract from sermon preparation, then adding an hour can only help it, right?
Next week, I’ll have an extra hour of sermon preparation, but I promise not to go on too long. I’ll try to be like another preacher I heard about whose sermons never went over 20 minutes. The services in that church were over like clockwork every Sunday. Then one Sunday, the impossible happened. He preached for his normal 20 minutes and just kept on going. The service which normally ended at noon went all the way to 12:30. On the way out, one of his elders asked, “What happened to you?” The preacher answered,
“For years I have always put a mint in my mouth as the service started, and I would tuck it away in my cheek. It was always gone at exactly noon. That’s how I knew it was time to wrap up the service. But this Sunday it didn’t go away, and that was when I realized I had put a button in my mouth instead.”
Of course, preachers aren’t the only ones who need to keep track of time. We all do. In fact, we live in an era when our lives are more tied to the clock than ever before. Watches and clocks and digital read outs are always there to remind us of the constant progress of time.
C.S. Lewis was fond of reminding his readers that human beings were not created for time – but for eternity. Lewis believed that through the power of God’s love, some were being made into creatures so beautiful that if you could see them the way God does, their glory would leave you breathless. Likewise, others – even some who may be beautiful by the world’s standards – are becoming hideous creatures such as you only find in nightmares.
Henry Blackaby also picked up on this theme in his book, Experiencing God. He wrote: “If you just live for time, you will miss the ultimate purpose of creation. If you live for time, you will allow your past to mold and shape your life today. Your life as a child of God ought to be shaped by the future (what you will be one day). God uses your present time to mold and shape your future usefulness here on earth and in eternity… You need to begin orienting your life to the purposes of God. His purposes go far beyond time and into eternity. Make sure you are investing your life, time and resources in things that are lasting and not things that will pass away… This is why a love relationship with God is so important. He loves you. He knows what is best for you. Only he can guide you to invest your life in worthwhile ways.”
See you Sunday. Until then, invest your time and resources in things that matter forever. Blessings!