Eric's Sunday Sermon; About Wasted Time?
Hanging Out Just Watching The Moon
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.
Old Favorite From Back In Time
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.
I Like It
A Time To Stand In Awe
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.