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The Most Valuable Commodity Draining Away

The proper perspective of time and reality.

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Reality. How do you define it when you wake up in the morning? Are you just there? Real is the feel of the sheets keeping you warm. Real is the fact that your eyes just opened, and you groaned, “Here we go again.” Perhaps you began to run down the list of things to do today.

Today, tick, tick, tick, tick…

All we have is now—today, time—ticking. But how real is this now? This moment? It’s as real as anything else in life if you are a normal human being. Sleep, eat, work, play, and then back to Go; maybe collect $200.00 before starting all over again.

But, if you are a follower of Jesus Christ, is this real?

Well? Is it?

The Bible paints a picture of eternity waiting for those who love Jesus. A picture or a perspective that defines this moment. And, the next, and the next, and the next. That perspective describes an endless “now”. A place that the Bible can barely describe beyond the feeble attempts of a finite language set. As the Bible explains, we lost access to a place so beautiful, best described in metaphysical terms as being in a different — indescribable — dimension. A place of eternal destiny if we love Jesus.

One of the more critical details of this reality is the ticking. One second after the next. A continuous stream of seconds — nanoseconds if you want to get nitpickingly scientific — ticking away with that monotonous regularity we have all come to accept as “normal.” But is it normal? Or is it overly dramatic? The most essential elements of our existence are something that we take for granted, with a fatality we ignore at our eternal peril.

Tick, Tick, Tick, Tick…

I remember when I was kid, my Father would ask me to call “Popcorn” (a service) to see what time it was. It wasn’t so OCD back then to always know exactly what time it was. Then, when I was a deck officer in the Coast Guard, we always had access to the Universal Coordinated Time, which was calculated at certain facilities around the country using an atomic clock. We needed to know the precise time to make our navigational computations accurate. I seem to remember that one of the time services I used to rely on had a ticking sound between announcements. (But I could be wrong)

Each tick so quickly ticking away is more valuable than almost anything else in this reality. It’s just simple supply and demand. When the one thing that measures our future decreases, each subsequent “tick” becomes exponentially more valuable than the one before it. And what’s most depressing to think about is that we don’t know how close the last tick is.

Tick, Tick, Tick, Tick…

Is your perspective defined by “Our Father who art in Heaven, Hallowed be thy Name, May your Kingdom come, May Your Will be done, Here on Earth as it is in Heaven”? Then those ticks apply most importantly to you. Maybe not as much as someone who doesn’t know Jesus, but it’s desperately important that we give those ticks more value than we do. The supply of ticks is draining away, and we are wasting them at an alarming rate. And we are oblivious.

This commodity is more precious than gold, uranium, platinum, lithium, hydrogen, or any other rare item you care to mention.

Except for possibly one.

A Human Soul. Tick, Tick, Tick, Tick…

Do we measure the value of losing one human soul by the number of ticks we allow to drain away before giving a warning? How do we place a value on something so valuable to The Father of Creation that He sacrificed His only begotten Son to save? This perspective should be foremost in our hearts and minds, especially if we call ourselves Jesus followers. There is no other perspective that matters.

Tick, Tick, Tick, Tick. This is the link to time.gov for your time-related pleasure.


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AuthorDerek Hastings | BCWorldview.org 

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