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Eric's Sunday Sermon; Our Precious Time and Love

Updated on April 30, 2017

We look up to the Mission bells that signal the time for mass.

Seems like just yesterday that he was this young.
Seems like just yesterday that he was this young. | Source

Who's time is it anyway?

Every day we are moving forward as though the wind is blowing into our face and ruffling our hair. I like to think of that crazed motorcycle rider without a helmet and no glasses. Now in that case he can either be suffering the effects of blazing through life or he can relish it and just be and feel the freedom.

I am scared of heights but I go to them. I have been known to jump off of cliffs into water, like as high as 60 ft. Talk about a moving rush. So it takes time to move. But it also takes time to sleep. Time actually passes no matter what we as humans do. For some reason we use the phrase “take time”.

If you look at it as time being something we are given by God then it makes sense to say “take time”. We take more from God. And perhaps we could say that you are taking your time from your family when you do something solo or away from them. Which reminds us that if someone is going too slow, we complain that they sure are taking their time.

It would not really be too much of a stretch to understand a thief of time. We also like to use the term “just passing time”. And of course “wasting time”. Surely a boss says “you are on my time”. If you have your fancy phone with you in a grocery store checkout-line you can “use” the time to read messages. We all know that sometimes we spend time. “Killing” time is a strange notion.

On these matters of semantics and how we view time let us end with one of the most interesting concepts of time. “Our” time. It can mean either of two things. Our as in the generic all of our time. But the one we look at is our time as in two or more of us spending our time with each other. This one is special because who we spend our time with is as important as time itself. And if that time is productive then it is really important. We do not refer to productive like making money, but rather productive for our communal souls. Actually being in a moment of love with another could be one’s ultimate goal in life and that would be worthy.

We also must deal with the idea of being with ourselves as though two of us. And spending time with God as though at least two of us – four in my case.

Be a better man

It just a second the cloud formations change

No two snowflakes are the same, and no snowflake keeps it shape for more that a moment.
No two snowflakes are the same, and no snowflake keeps it shape for more that a moment. | Source

A priority and time

Let us detour to the essence of a God and time. We remember Alpha and Omega meaning the beginning and the end in one. And we understand omnipresent which includes being both behind us and ahead of us at once in linear time speak. It seems that most people can grasp those notions of a God and time. We are not going to do any deep look at string theory or bending time or the like. We are just thinking about our common understanding that time goes forward and is passed. That one second is gone, you cannot go back and do time over.

First let us take some time to look at spending time with ourselves. Many of us enjoy time alone. In fact many of us prefer time alone to time with other folks. It becomes clear that a balance should be reached. Are we comfortable spending time with ourselves and also with others? Because that is what the deal is. It comes down to how we spend time. So if we are filled with hate we spend our time hating. If with love then we spend our time loving. If you look at it that simply then “what you get done” is almost irrelevant. Was the time you spent occupied by love?

Medical problems arise. Sometimes it takes time to heal. And sometimes there is no cure. And furthermore it may mean that your time is winding down. So how do you spend your time when there is a certain amount of pain in every second of time? A good Yogi friend of mine was fond of saying that there is much turmoil and pain in the world, but the good news is that suffering is optional. Did you know that pain and joy and sickness and love can happen at the same time? It really comes down to a choice.

I admit I like to pray and meditate. Maybe to some that is a waste of time. But truthfully science is now concluding that time spent doing such, makes time in the mundane more productive and actually saves time in the long run. But I do not do it to gain and I do not do it out of reverence, maybe I should, but I do it out of the love of doing it. I like getting up there in the God is Love area and I like leaving this consciousness behind for a bit. My wife says it makes me better as a human. My friends say do not stop, we like you better this way than way crazy and knocking people over like bowling pins. (I love a good scrap so much that I create problems) But alas my time is better devoted to love.

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Just another day spent at the office

We all must spend some time working
We all must spend some time working | Source

A great song with awesome photos

No time to waste, start changing the past

Hey now I have spent my time writing this and you have spent your time reading it. I hope I did not waste either of our time(s).

So our time is precious. And we just cannot change that. Did you know that the shortest time measured is the time between when the light turns green and the guy behind honks his horn – baby nano seconds or something.

I do try to devote myself to using my time right. But that is really hard. Should I take a nap or should I go on a hike? And we see the silliness of what we choose to do. Do you really think that is what makes our world better? Nope not really. All that time Mother Theresa spent, would not make any difference if it was not generally done in love.

So we got this time thing that keeps on clicking away. Little children have to be taught that time on a tablet with games may take away from time on a pier fishing. They do not get allocation.

But we do. I can spend my time schloshing for the man. Or I can spend my time loving doing a great job. My choice. Your choice.

Have you ever heard a deathbed comment that “I wish I spent more time working”? Not likely. Have you ever heard, even a tough guy, say I wish I had spent less time loving? You all have a choice in time.

Today my 7 year old asked “when I was 4 was I smart”? He and I went back in time. Yes memory is a trickster. Do you think you cannot go back? Foolishness. You can even go back and change perspective like you can tomorrow or this hour. Funny isn’t it. Bowie tells us that we can’t change time but time can change us. Perhaps he is wrong.

Maybe I am nuts and that is OK. I can go back and change my memory from that teacher being mean to me to thank goodness that that teacher set me straight.

Time is not your prison warden. Time is what you make of it. I like going back and changing my perspective to one of love. Go for it, you can do it also. Think how much more you can love your parents if you change your perspective of that time.


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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      18 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks for the reminder Lawrence, I had better get it together to make pancakes. And you remind me to be mindful.

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      18 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand


      They don't even wait for the light to turn green before the horn sounds!

      I like the thought that 'time isn't our prison warden'

      It's just a commodity, precious, I know, but it's what we do with it that counts.

      While I was reading this, I was also making pancakes, now we've eaten (they were 'lunch') I've got the time for a 'cuppa' and write a reply!

      Thank you for the reminder, it's how I choose to spend it that counts.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      19 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Venkatachari, it is an awesome concept when combined with spirituality and love.

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      Venkatachari M 

      19 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Eric, this is very beautifully conveyed. Very nice article on time spent or perception of those spent moments. Time is very precious as I always agreed. Time spent, time wasted, killed or whatever it is is all affecting our lives and that of others. It is good if we can spend each moment as worthy and beneficial for the betterment of the world as possible. Thank you for this great message.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      19 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ruby I certainly am glad that I did not waste your time here. And you gave me a good time by letting me know. Probably reaching out to friends is one of the best uses of our time.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      19 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hi Manatita. Pretty much daily I go back in time and play those games. The joy of having a 7 year old. It is interesting how we procrastinate I believe the current consensus is that it is OK in general.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      19 months ago from Southern Illinois

      What a good time I had reading this, and it was not wasted. I agree that time can change us, I know it has me. When we age, we do not worry about the little things, it's the big picture that intrigues us. When anyone mentions Mother Theresa, I think of her in heaven taking care of the children..Thank you for another uplifting sermon...

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      19 months ago from london

      Nice, some movies go back in time, perhaps I'll join the next one. I like the idea of changing the mind-set towards a teacher or prison warden or whatever.

      I think that Ann Carr did a piece on time in one of her word series. Not sure. Well, Dora did a piece on 'friends' and so maybe I'll go back to spinning tops and riding go-carts or doing river swims. Play marbles too.

      Not wasting time. A big one. Sometimes I find myself procrastinating, but maybe it's because at other times I do too much. LOL.

      Cute seller whoever that is. Interesting looking products. Enjoyed your Hub.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      19 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Linda let's go for it and make that memory one such that we cannot believe in the future that it is true. I had such a lovely day yesterday - fishing in the morning with my boy and a wonderful outdoor wedding in the PM.

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      Linda Lum 

      19 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric - What a beautiful way to begin a Sunday. We cannot rewrite history, but we can change our perspective (such as whether your teacher was a tyrant or did you a favor by setting you straight.)

      Your final paragraph is a gem--time is not your prison warden, it is what you make of it. Let us hope that the time we spend with others in our lives today will not have to be altered in their future memories.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      19 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill I often think of lack of hope. Your great works on moving west are just fantastic about hope. With hope comes love and a healthy life in mind, body and soul.

      Those poor people in the Watt's riots and the King riots seem to have no hope and therefor despair. It makes me very sad.

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      Bill Holland 

      19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I watched a documentary Friday about the 1992 L.A. riots after the Rodney King verdict. For whatever reason, this article reminded me of the hatred, fear, and distrust that is always bubbling just below the everyday surface of life. :) Love you, brother!

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      19 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Clive I hope you have wonderful "time" today.

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      Clive Williams 

      19 months ago from Jamaica

      Thanks for the thoughts Eric. Appreciated


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