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Eric's Sunday Sermon; About Wasted Time?

Updated on June 4, 2017

Hanging Out Just Watching The Moon

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The Multiple Tasks

There are days where time just goes by. Sitting at her desk with keyboard in front of her she reached over with her right hand to adjust a speaker. Her left hand remained on the keyboard and her little finger fell upon the “a” key. It took her over a minute to adjust that speaker. The “a” key just kept on pumping our a’s. Two pages full, when she finally noticed. So what had she just spent her time doing? Pumping out a’s or adjusting the speaker. For sure both. But one she was mindful and intended to do. And the other simply a consequence of her allowing her finger to put the computer in motion.

Now let us just assume for a moment that she had, though much practice made that which was not being tending to in a mindful fashion do good. Let us take an auto mechanic. He is skilled and works hard at his job paying close attention to detail. And also the man has great love in his heart. He is simply loving life or living in love. It is not a matter of him loving the bolt he is adjusting. It is simply a state of being which effects all without the need to intend to do that. Not quite the “a” scenario but close.

Not quite talking on the phone and driving. That would be multi-tasking while one dangerous activity should receive all our attention. Cell phone related activity now holds a possible tie with drunk driving, as far as fatalities. They only started really counting the numbers in about 2009. So this really gives us a stark contrast between trying to do two things with your mind at the same time. Truth be told that I love to try and multitask around the house. It is like a game with small chores and for sure cooking. But I generally draw the line at talking with folks. I love people and love to give them my undivided attention.

Here is a fun question; can you feel something and do something else at the same time? And if you cannot which do you stuff aside? Priorities probably dictate and they are different at different times.

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Take Your Time

My wife prays and drives at the same time. So do I. Could that be a bad idea. It occurs to us maybe we should not. Boy run that up the flagpole with a hard core prayer type person. “Always and unceasingly”. But I think that is like Christ explaining that you pull your ass out of the pit even if it is the Sabbath. (yes using ass instead of donkey was meant to be funny)

Of course there is a song “Turn, Turn, Turn” that you probably have heard that speaks of a season for everything. But let me be bold here and set out the idea from Ecclesiastes 3 “A Time for Everything”

1 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: 2 a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; 3 a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; 4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; 5 a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; 6 a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; 7 a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; 8 a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.

The above concept and that Corinthian one on love that they often do at weddings kind of sum up the best guides to life. Of course all that must be viewed by the truest commandment; Love!! Here is a funny one, to me at least, while writing this sermon on the subject of time my young son constantly needed my time. That wonderful second stage (first being 5yr) of dire need to ask questions. 50 a minute is not too far off. And of course he needed my time to make pancakes, cut fresh fruit and cook our weekly sinful bacon – we love Sundays.

It makes me wonder about the concept of giving someone’s time to another. Of course that would mean taking someone’s time is a gift that allows them to give.

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A Time To Stand In Awe

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Time To Confess, I Had A Good Time Writing This Sermon

Some people use the phrase “wasting time”. Usually in frustration of having to wait in a line or a time. My joke on that is that the only “wasting” time is when you literally put your waste into the toilet. But of course that is very much not wasted time. I used to waste my time at the grocery store checkout line. Not anymore. Thursday I picked the longest line. Sure you can check your stuff on your fancy phone, but not for me. I do more like “why is that overweight lady with that overweight child buying soda?” Or maybe try to make a toddler in the cart laugh at peek a boo. For sure the front page of tabloids. And triple checking my stash for preservatives and processing. There is a bunch of cool stuff to do in line. Definitely a good time to breathe deep and pray.

Sometimes I get the sluggish low down blues. I used to worry about it which made it worse. Now I revel in it. Maybe all day with a novel and reading and sleeping. Not to worry, when you are surrounded with family you do not go down the rabbit hole but you also do not suffer. I can very much be down and yet happy and loving– kind of strange. The point is that it is not lost time if you indulge.

Music and kind of a dance at the same time as cleaning my home. Something that I look forward to as opposed to the “dreaded chores”.

Our intentions are really important to living in love. But I dare say if you only live in love when you are at the time concentrating on it you are missing the sweet spot. If you only have one voice in your head, actually you are the strange one. Yes for sure studies show that it is normal to have at least two. So through the practice of it one can train one of the voices to think love.

I used to be real bad as I really had that notion of the devil on one shoulder talking into my ear. I reckon it took at least 20 years to evict him and get love as the tenant there. Listening to the old bastard wasted a lot of my time. Listening to love makes anytime at all worth living. This is the love that transforms time, perhaps our most treasured gift. The “get it done brain” will still work. But we can literally put the flavor back in salt by letting that conscience brain stay on all the time.

No matter your schedule for this day please don’t waste it, stay in love.

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      Louise Powles 7 weeks ago from Norfolk, England

      Thanks for sharing this lovely sermon. I always enjoy reading them. =)

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      manatita44 7 weeks ago from london

      Being in Love, yes. The best way I know to prevent wasting time. Thanks Bro.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 7 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      Sometimes it's just great to sit and think. I don't think it's a wasted time. I like to multitask too. I wish I could listen to music when I read, but I can't. Having the TV on doesn't bother me when I read. Go figure? Thanks for the Sunday sermon. I always enjoy reading your thoughts....

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      Eric Dierker 7 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Louise thank you. It truly brings me joy when friends read my sermons. I try to leave heavy guilt to other sermonizers, there plenty.

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      Eric Dierker 7 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hey Manatita, you did both Dora and Linda in the last week and they were great poetry tributes. I truly do love those two women. They have been so kind and supportive of me with a fair dose of gentle correction.

      I am also beginning to get your seer. Sri Chamnoy(? sp) Keep it coming in the loving way only you can do.

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      Eric Dierker 7 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ruby, all the folks that really are in my opinion spiritual suggest never to multitask. Fine point taken. But it comes in a close second in sport to games with my son. I love that old phrase "can you even walk and chew gum at the same time?"

      And just spacing out -- for sure. Here is a fun one for me that my dad really did teach me at 6yrs; omphaloskepsis. He also made me copy antidisestablishmentarianism which I just wrote from memory and double checked.

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      John Hansen 7 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Great sermon, Eric. It reminds me what we used to rly to our kids when they complained, "I'm bored!" "Only boring people are bored." Or "I have lots of jobs that need doing if you are so bored." When I am driving alone I have so many thoughts and ideas going through my mind, or if I am listening to music I tend to get lost in it and sometimes miss my turn etc. so in that way I suppose I have trouble multi-tasking. But, I am making the most of driving time...phone and drive though...no way.

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      Bill Holland 7 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      I'll try not to waste a moment of this day, my friend. Thanks for the reminder.

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      Harish Mamgain 7 weeks ago from India

      Eric, this is a great sermon on love. Yes, there is no wasting of time if the time is spent with affection and love. It is our way of looking at guys or things that gives us different feelings. You 've sown seeds of affection in your heart, so now you reap colorful flowers all around ! Thanks for sharing such beautiful thoughts.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 7 weeks ago from Washington DC

      Alright, Eric, allow me to see if I can waste some time.

      First of all "time" measures cycles. How it it possible to waste it? I believe I must make my mind completely blank and my body nonfunctional in order to do it but being I am not the body but the mind or my eternal being can not be turned off since that is the only god we will ever find (Luke 17:21). Isn't it written god never sleeps so how can that which never sleep be turned off? Thus, it's impossible for me to waste time, my eternal self will always be functioning even when the body's consciousness refuses to act.

      Now for the laugh.

      Your "“wasting” time is when you literally put your waste into the toilet" made me LOLAL in a library, even.

      But guess what. The law of ecology say our undigested food, we call waste, is supposed to be returned to the earth as food for the very life types we consume. Therefore we are wasting it when we send it to a place where chemicals are added and it is then sent to the streams and rivers to end up in the ocean destroying the various life types which are to be food for sea life. The waste is we are destroying life types unnecessarily.

      Realizing that, I find we can waste others life types but not time.

      Food for thought, my brother.

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      galleryofgrace 7 weeks ago from Virginia

      Thoroughly enjoyed this sermon. As for your fun question: Only in love can you feel something and do something else.

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      Tim Mitchell 7 weeks ago from Escondido, CA

      Thanks Eric for another sermon offering me a bit and a byte of time to spawn pondering. Wasting Time was a response I typically would say when someone asked me "What are you doing?" I guess it was a flipant response. I had not thought about how injecting Love into idle time gives value, thus not time wasted. Sometimes I go on what I call 'Happy Hunts'. For instance, when on a walk and I notice something I ask myself what about it brings me to be happy. Maybe, I will do that with Love too.

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      Eric Dierker 7 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill, I beseech thee; do not change a thing.

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      Eric Dierker 7 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Harish sometimes I have my doubts about if I am in that place of love enough. But someone always is there loving me, so perhaps I am getting to be a better gardener and sower. Thank you for reminding me of that.

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      manatita44 7 weeks ago from london

      Thank you, Eric.

      A very kind comment. Appreciated.

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      Eric Dierker 7 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Elijah your further thoughts are appreciated. It has always occurred to me that if I am truly Christian in my belief that in a real sense whatever I am doing or is being done is part of God's plan. I do not mean this along the lines of the determinism vs. fatalism conflict but rather the notion that we are headed for good, love and God so we may need to have some bad thrown our way from which to grow. Especially the bad of not feeling well in the three; mind, body and soul. I do not at all believe that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. I believe the stairway to heaven is built on good intentions.

      Now back to "waste not want not". My 7yr old asked me about eating buggers. I told him if he only at a little it would not be that bad for him. And then just to kid him I told him that it was like drinking your pee. Once is ok but do not do it twice in the same day because of the harmful nitrates and the like. I swore to him it was true. So he considered and decided not to eat his buggers. Ah the wonders of a dad and his son ;-)

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      Eric Dierker 7 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Galleryofgrace -- your thought seems correct to me. I am still cogitating on it.

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      Eric Dierker 7 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Tim, part of this came up the other day when my wife just matter of factly asked me if I was wasting time. My response was that "No way I am doing something really important". Her response was just "Oh". I actually had a magnifying glass studying some leaves on me roses to no purpose at all.

      She gets me.

      This kind of goes along with your question about being curious. I suppose my curiosity may just be seen as wasting time to others.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 7 weeks ago from Washington DC

      Eric,

      Are you aware that all herbivores urinate and defecate in and around their drinking water? A friend had a Buffalo and every time he changed it's water because it defecated in it it would do it again before drinking. Our body's "waste" is supposed to be returned to the earth for the plants and water to create antidotes for diseases in us, that is why the Buffalo defecated in it's water, the man purified water didn't have in it what it needed to maintain its health.

      In that light, we could put a small amount of urine in our drinking water for our own healing. Doctors make medicines they sell to us from "porta-toilets" and add chemicals to prevent it from doing its job then sell it us as medication.

      More food for thought.

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      Tim Mitchell 7 weeks ago from Escondido, CA

      Curiosity to me goes hand-in-hand with pondering. That is interesting leading to many directions in my view and one may be nowhere ;-) Maybe nowhere is really a tempoaray place we waste time pondering ;-) BTW . . . what discoveries did you make observing the leaves and pondering led by curiosity?

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      Eric Dierker 7 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Tim I really like the concept of nowhere. Why not? I think that we all need that space.

      The veins of a leaf will redirect the fluids within it if there is a hole made in it. Much like I understand our nervous system does in most cases. But sadly not the spinal column. If we have accomplished multiple avenues to the same place, disruption in one only causes us to use another.

      And so we come to the understanding that "if one door appears closed to us, try another".

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      Eiddwen 6 weeks ago from Wales

      Really enjoyed this sermon Eric and looking forward to so many more.

      Eddy.

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      Devika Primić 6 weeks ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great one! Precious time requires love.

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      Eric Dierker 6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Eddy, it is always great to hear from you even if just a whisper ;-)

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      Eric Dierker 6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      My little family is just going through a love fest these days. Be helpful not needy, be grateful not demanding. Spend time to listen.

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      Shaloo Walia 5 weeks ago

      Time spent in solitude or playing with your kid or pets etc isn't time wasted but precious moments to be cherished. Loved this sermon!

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      Eric Dierker 5 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Shaloo thank you for coming by and leaving such a good note. My eldest 30 something daughter laughed at me. She said "Dad you are not supposed to get so excited about your quiet time." It just seems that life with love is precious.

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      Lawrence Hebb 3 weeks ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Eric

      Great stuff here, time with family is never 'wasted'.

      I listened to Joyce Mayer yesterday, she was talking about 'deciding' to enjoy everyday.

      Keep them coming bro

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      Eric Dierker 4 days ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Lawrence sometimes I am "busy" and I get interrupted and it takes great control to stop what I am doing and looking my little guy in the eye and really listen. But it always is time better spent.

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