Meditation for Perfectionists – Monday February 18, 2019
Time: Friend or Foe?
Proverbs 31:25: “…and she shall rejoice in time to come.”
“To love life is to love time. Time is the stuff life is made of.” This quote from Benjamin Franklin intrigues me. Living in harmony with time. Agreeing not to compete against time. Becoming friends with time. What a hopeful possibility!
A colleague surprised me when she recently said, “I’m in the process of changing my philosophy about time and work — and beginning to think that maybe fulfillment and success are not found in keeping my nose to the grindstone each and every minute. I’ve decided to try to be a bit easier on myself — to take breaks, to pause and talk with fellow workers, and to rest when appropriate. However, I admit this is extremely uncomfortable behavior for me. Am I doing the right thing?”
Perhaps God allows finite human beings to live within the confines of time to protect us from anxiety overload and burnout. Changing our concept of time as a slave driver or tyrant to that of a friend can help us become more peaceful and content. And then, like the woman mentioned in Proverbs, we may learn to rejoice in each moment that comes our way.
Lord, thank you for the safety of time limitations.
Although someday I realize things will be different,
help me to be content with my now.
Copyright Joan C. Webb
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