Tag: TIME

IT’S LIFE…(your name)… BUT NOT AS WE KNOW IT…

We dream, we plan, we think, we strategize. We try to manoeuvre the pieces of our lives in the hope that one day…one day…everything will be just right. But somehow things never turn out quite as we imagined. In fact, they often turn out very differently. Just as we think we’re getting used to things, they change. Our lives can be as slippery as a bar of soap in the bath-tub: almost impossible to get a grip on…

egypt-giza-sphinx-02And it’s not just our personal lives which are unpredictable, but the world we live in changes every day. Nations change, cultures change, cities change, people change, and what was once familiar, what we once thought was the way of things for the rest of our lives, is now gone, or radically altered.

When you’ve been around for a few decades as I have, you look back on your life so far and on the land you once considered to be your safe, comfortable, familiar home, and you see all the twists and the turns in the events of your life and in the life of your civilization; you see the people you once felt would be close to you forever; the places you once knew intimately; the leaders you had some confidence in; the institutions and icons you’d built your world on…all gone, and replaced by others you may feel no attachment to.
I’m not saying I’m opposed to any kind of change, or to improvement or innovation: quite the contrary. I quickly get bored with status quo, with clichés and the same old way of doing things. Give me imagination any day. Neither am I one of those who resents modern technology: I’m tapping away on a laptop right now which gets used many times a day for all kinds of tasks, and I say thank God for it.
The best we can do is to make the most of our lives, and to enjoy what we are blessed with while we can.

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But people come and go: that’s the hardest thing to deal with. And the people you would most wish to hang around often don’t, for one reason or another. And some changes in our world, let’s face it, just mess things up totally, and there’s usually no turning back. We have to face up to the fact that things will never be just how we want them to be…at least, not for long. We all need to have the ability to adapt. We all need to get into our heads that this world is temporal, our lives are temporal. We are, to borrow the name of one of the Doctors’ subjects of rescue, the “Ephemerals”, and while we want to think of our lives as unending and indestructible, they aren’t.
Here’s just one more of those subjects on which the Bible succinctly captures our condition. I don’t call it a “plight”, because the ultimate message of the Bible is supremely positive. After all, how could our future possibly be any better than having eternal life in an incorruptible body, with our Creator who loves us unceasingly?

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I often think that if the Bible’s inspiration were solely human there would be far less consideration of the ugly side of man’s existence, such as the brevity of life. We’re brought to our senses not to depress us, but to align our minds with reality and with that of our Maker. In that vein, Bible writers speak on our behalf, uttering the things many of us are never willing to face up to:
Teach us to number our days, that we may get a heart of wisdom (Psalm 90:12 ESV)
What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes (James 4:14).
I’m convinced God understands and appreciates that we can’t naturally see the real end from the real beginning: we know only what we see in our own very tiny corner of time and space:
For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust (Psalm 103:14)
There’s hope for us, because God is our savior, and he is eternal. He isn’t subject to change like we are:
The grass withers, the flower fades…Surely the people are grass…
but the word of our God will stand forever (Isaiah 40:7-8).
That’s why God was prepared to send His Son to deliver us:
God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).
The eternal God invites us to look beyond our limited view. We need to look ahead, not backwards. Anyway, not even nostalgia is what it used to be.

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I think time is just a measurement of change. Without change, there would be no time, and vice-versa. You can’t go from A to B without time, and there can be no time without change-that’s the nature of our universe. So somehow, while we should look back with fondness on the past, and to learn from our mistakes, we must more importantly look to the future, which is never-ending.
It’s a mistake to get too attached to the physical while neglecting the spiritual:
…we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal (2 Corinthians 4:18 NIV).
We live in a fallen world where people and things let us down continually and we let them down. But there’s coming a time of restoration. How can a God who created such an amazing universe not want to restore it? And He’s promised that he will. In that future there will be no more tears, and no more struggle. The only change will be all positive, constructive, attractive: improvement and growth. I personally believe the universe is not only vast because our God is vast and uncontainable, but because he has plans for it, which we will be a part of, if we choose Him.

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Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children (Revelation 21).

IS TIME SPEEDING UP?

 

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IS TIME SPEEDING UP?

I heard a prophecy teacher saying that God has sped time up so as to get us to the Rapture quicker and get the world sorted out…

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(My apologies to those few of you who may have read this before in one of my “Mind Burp” posts-I’m rather proud of it and wanted a few more people to read it)

The theory goes that the whole world is on fast-forward, that’s why it’s so hard to fit everything into a day, and why it only seems like yesterday that we were chewing on a rusk and having our diapers changed.

This idea is not Biblical and it doesn’t comply with science.

Bible characters, writing many centuries ago, observed that a life- time seems to pass in the twinkling of an eye. James said:

“What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes” (James 4:14).

Job said:

“Man…springs up like a flower and withers away; like a fleeting shadow, he does not endure” (Job 14:1-2).

I’m no physicist, but I do know enough to know that time  is inextricably one with space and matter, and is so in every single particle in the universe. If time were “sped up”, so would be the operations of the atoms in your brain, your legs, your car, and in everything around you, so that you would not notice any difference. The calculations of Einstein, to some extent demonstrated to be valid, show that, for example, while a man travelling at half the speed of light in space would come back to earth having aged less than his contemporaries, his own experience on that space ship would not have given him any impression that time for him was going by slower than it had done on earth.

With God one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years are as one day. He is outside of time and not affected by it, so he doesn’t have to be “in a hurry” to do anything, and wouldn’t notice the difference anyway. In fact I often wonder why the Lord isn’t in more of a hurry to straighten things out (can anyone give me an “amen”?).

No, time has not been sped up, (at least I don’t believe it has). Instead, we are going crazy in this modern society which we’re all guilty of creating, trying to fit more and more into our day, and being pushed by our governments and our own proclivities to go faster all the time. The more you try to fit into your day, the quicker time will seem to go. If you were to sit quietly (without your TV-painful I know) and watch the clock for a day, you would seem to have “slowed down” considerably, and may find yourself getting rather relaxed, and perhaps even a little bored. ZZZzzz…

 WHERE DOES ALL THE TIME GO ANYWAY?

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While on the subject of time being short, it occurred to me, in my unscientific way, why our past seems to have gone in a flash-and I think we all have that sensation, don’t we? I’ve heard it said that even nostalgia isn’t what it used to be.

Many memories are stored in our brains. However, the time over which they transpired is not. When we look at those events from our past, they are not replayed in our minds over the time it took them to occur. A memory of a day out comes into our mind like a series of photographs or short clips of an edited video or sound-track. Memories are like a deck of cards stacked together with no space between them, or like a computer program which has been compressed to save space.

If you want to sense some of the time which seems to have vanished, you perhaps need to try to replay your memories at normal speed, with every little movement, discussion, down-time, journey and rest fully played out in your mind, so that a day out ten years ago would take you a day to recall.

Alas, it’s not all there is it? Perhaps that’s a good thing, because if everything were stored there would be pain, boredom, fear and unhappiness stored there also.

The lesson for us all is that we need to make the most of every day, to live life God’s way-in love and holiness, to appreciate every blessing, and to enjoy life to the max. By doing that, we won’t have to look back with regrets, but with thankfulness, and with a joyful anticipation of the future.

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Mind-Burp 4: NETENYAHU TO STAR IN REMAKE OF FIDDLER ON THE ROOF!

1: NETANYAHU TO STAR IN REMAKE OF “FIDDLER ON THE ROOF”!

Has anyone noticed the close resemblance between Tevye, the main character in the movie “Fiddler on the Roof”, and Benjamin Netenyahu, the Israeli Prime –minister? Their voices (and of course their accents) are also very similar…

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TEVYE

 

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In truth Bibi’s a little too busy to accept the part just now. However,  he did say that when he does manage to star in the show, he will not be moving out of his homeland when he’s told to!

2: IS TIME SPEEDING UP?

I heard a prophecy expert saying that God has sped time up so as to get us to the Rapture quicker and get the world sorted out: the whole world is on fast-forward, that’s why it’s so hard to fit everything into a day, and why it only seems like yesterday that we were chewing on a rusk and having our diapers changed.

This idea is not Biblical and it doesn’t comply with science.

Bible characters, writing many centuries ago, observed that a life- time seems to pass in the twinkling of an eye. James said:

“What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes” (James 4:14).

Job said:

“Man…springs up like a flower and withers away; like a fleeting shadow, he does not endure” (Job 14:1-2).

I’m no physicist, but I do know enough to know that time  is inextricably one with space and matter, and is so in every single particle in the universe. If time were “sped up”, so would be the operations of the atoms in your brain, your legs, your car, and in everything around you, so that you would not notice any difference. The calculations of Einstein, to some extent demonstrated to be valid, show that, for example, while a man travelling at half the speed of light in space would come back to earth having aged less than his contemporaries, his own experience on that space ship would not have given him any impression that time for him was going by slower than it had done on earth.

With God one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years are as one day. He is outside of time and not affected by it, so he doesn’t have to be “in a hurry” to do anything.

No, time has not been sped up, (at least I don’t believe it has). Instead, we are going crazy in this modern society which we’re all guilty of creating, trying to fit more and more into our day, and being pushed by our governments and our own proclivities to go faster all the time. The more you try to fit into your day, the quicker time will seem to go. If you were to sit quietly (without your TV-painful I know) and watch the clock for a day, you would seem to have “slowed down” considerably, and may find yourself getting rather relaxed, and perhaps even a little bored. ZZZzzz…

3: WHERE DOES ALL THE TIME GO ANYWAY?

BH_LMC

While on the subject of time being short, it occurred to me, in my unscientific way, why our past seems to have gone in a flash-and I think we all have that sensation, don’t we?

Many memories are stored in our brains. However, the time over which they transpired is not. When we look at those events from our past, they are not replayed in our minds over the time it took them to occur. A memory of a day out comes into our mind like a series of photographs or short clips of an edited video or sound-track. Memories are like a deck of cards stacked together, or like a computer program which has been compressed to save space.

If you want to sense some of the time which seems to have vanished, you perhaps need to try to replay your memories at normal speed, with every little movement, discussion, down-time, journey and rest fully played out in your mind, so that a day out ten years ago would take you a day to recall.

Alas, it’s not all there is it? Perhaps that’s a good thing, because if everything were stored there would be pain, boredom, fear and unhappiness stored there also.

4: ARE YOU A MONKEY’S GREAT-GRANDFATHER?

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If we’re to believe some children’s books and documentaries, apes and monkeys spend their time grooming, eating fruit, playing and reclining with family and friends, making love, and just hanging out in the trees. In contrast, we humans spend our time getting up early feeling half dead, working hard all day just to have a place to live and clothes to wear, eating junky processed food which we have to pay for, being controlled and ordered around, arguing with our mates, getting stressed about our bills and the latest news, and falling out without relatives and friends.

Hey…maybe the evolutionists are wrong: maybe apes evolved from humans!

THE SMARTEST MONKEYS

On the same subject, I’ve quoted below some lyrics from a one-time favorite band of mine,  “XTC”, the song being called “The Smartest Monkeys”. ( Hey, I know the theory is that we “descended from ape-like creatures” and not monkeys, so please don’t try to put me right on that one). Here’s part of the song:

Well man created the cardboard box to sleep in it

And man converted the newspaper to a blanket

Well you have to admit that he’s come a long way

Since swinging about in the trees

We’re the smartest monkeys

The smartest monkeys

The evidence is all around

Our brains are bigger

This we’ve found

The smartest monkeys

Well man discovered the park bench can make a transition

And the rubbish tip makes a valid form of nutrition

With discoveries like these

Civilization agrees

To give itself a pat on the back

We’re the smartest monkeys

The evolution’s plain to see

We’re the dominant of the species…

http://www.jango.com/music/XTC?l=0

(If you click on the top play button, not the lower “PLAY” button, you should be able to hear the song).

5: N-U-C-L-E-A-R!

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Please Mr. Prophecy Expert (and former President Bush)-it’s “new-clear”, NOT “NOO-KYA-LARR”!“

6: FRUSTRATING RADIO

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I often turn on the radio just in time to catch the end of a song that I like a lot and haven’t heard for years. How does that happen?

7: CHURCH BULLETIN BLOOPERS

I’m not sure if these are genuine or made up:

The sermon subject this morning: “Jesus Walks on the Water” The sermon subject this evening: “Searching for Jesus”

DON’T LET WORRY KILL YOU…THE CHURCH CAN HELP!

Please place your donation into the envelope along with the deceased person you want remembered.

This evening Mrs. Slater will speak on the topic heading, “I upped my pledge…up yours”