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Eric's Sunday Sermon; The Manipulation of Time

Updated on November 6, 2016

Take time for beauty

We miss so much hurrying through time
We miss so much hurrying through time | Source

Angels cannot even tell time.

This Sermon comes from the notion of daylight savings. We just did the “Fall Back” routine. In other words; setting the clock back one hour. If you think of it it is downright crazy. Let us see here is daylight savings the real time or is normal time the real time. Oops I assumed something there – is either time the correct time.

Creationists and Big bang theorists often get stymied in there arguments. One that we have 2 billion rocks on the earth and the other is that a big bang cannot be proven any more than God can be proven. For a authentic creationist this is not a problem. God simply made the rocks 2 billion years old. If God could make the earth God surely could have aged things as God saw fit.

And the Bible part called Genesis is a fantastic place to debate what a day was in that context. My understanding is that the word used in Hebrew has five different meanings. Just like today it can be the sunlit portion of the day or a 24 hour cycle. Combine this with a notion of daylight savings and probably it is best to walk away from such thinking unless you want to confuse the heck out of you and others.

But I think that the point is this to a large degree. Time for a human body is not really all that connected to time on a clock. What is one second to someone who dies at age 21 compared to someone who lives to 100? OK I admit that that really is not the point but sure makes you wonder.

Now to the real point. We cannot be certain of how much time we have. We cannot even be certain that our clocks are really measuring past, present and future time. I love the phrase “we had the time of our lives”. It is quite interesting that we use the rotation of the earth as our standard.

Natures time

Take the time
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Who owns your time?

There is a growing acceptance of the concept of being in the moment. Of course the word now is often used as opposed to moment. But really now makes no sense because once you are in the now seconds go by and you are no longer in the now that you started with. And let us not forget that depending on what we are doing time either flies by or takes forever. I am such a bad dad that I have not taught my children how to tell time when age appropriate. Time is a nurture thing not an innate thing. Or is it? Nope I can guaranty that little ones gauge time different than those of us who are trained in the clock.

So we can now see that time is really what we make of it. For many people who are getting old they notice that they see themselves in their mind as still being twenty or so. Sometimes I wonder about the concept in the Bible of “coming to God as a child”. Is that a time thing, an age thing, a mental thing or a love thing?

Isn’t it interesting that we can basically manipulate time by making the most out of a moment or being oblivious to the moment?

So of all our precious things, and all our precious wisdoms, and all our precious money – nothing compares to the giving of our precious time. Do we spend our time completely on ourselves or acquiring things? Or do we spend our time giving love to others. Isn’t interesting that the concept of charity is often meant to mean love? Our time and our love are not often easy to give away. I do not think it is because we do not want to, it is simply that time flies by and we forget to. There is just no excuse for us not to take the time to give hugs on a routine basis. It is very near sinful for us to waste our time on the trivial and not that which is truly important and will last over time. We are wise to understand that our time is a gift we would not have it if we were not given the gift of being alive. Are we comfortable in realizing that in essence our time is not fully our own.

The moon in daylight, doesn't it know that it's time to shine is night?

Marble Canyon
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This takes on a whole new meaning when we think about what whenever means

Time to Love

It is often pleasurable to think of a marriage in terms of time. It is just plain cool to be in that space for a decade and more. “I love you even more than when I fell in love with you”. Children are also great time markers. We say, wow where did the time go. And mothers quite often think of their young 8 year old as the toddler of 5 years prior which really is not so good. We probably should make the most of time for it flies by so fast.

Some mornings we fail to make the time to take the time to take care of ourselves. Sure a shower and breakfast are important but far more important are the notions of prayer, reading something uplifting and meditation. A hot beverage is normal, but we should take the time to drink a healthy dose of cold water with lemon to get our metabolism fired up and balance the PH in our bodies. It is important to do things that will increase our time here on earth.

If you are inclined to believe in an afterlife which a vast majority of people do. Then you are ready to take the time to be rewarded in that afterlife for how you spent your time here and now. How wonderful that we are given the opportunity to do so. Perhaps we should not waste that gift.

So how do you think love fits into our concept of time? It always interests me that most wedding vows have the concept of in sickness and in health until death do we part. Of course there is the survival notion through time – our life, but it also probably erroneously suggests a spiritual togetherness which is severed upon the passing of our physical from earth. Is that passing into an eternal life?

All of that to get us to look at time from a different perspective and that is through the lens of love. Perhaps love suspends time as far as our life on earth. It seems to me that while age may make a person cantankerous in quite old age. But it also seems to me that those who live long past the average age of death may well have suspended the aging by being in the love. Not just being loving but actually being in a state of love. In that state time actually has no meaning. Come out of love and the clock starts ticking again. We should want to remain in the moment of love.

(Let me throw in a fun note. When in college studying philosophy I had one clock that I took the battery of. It was meant to think of time as standing still. It did not work but it was seemingly worth the time to contemplate it.)


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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      That is very cool Lawrence. Thank you.

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      2 years ago


      "When we've been there ten thousand years.

      Bright shining as the Sun.

      We've no less days to sing his praises.

      Than when we first begun!

      Maybe love does stop time?

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Just so exciting Chris. We have so much room to grow. I love your comment. I watched for about 30 minutes a day (sorry that was my limit) a pedal on a weed underneath my roses. I used a magnifying glass and a ruler. I know I could have used time lapsed photography but is was an eyeball thing.

      Time was not slow, time exploded. For some reason time just stood still until I saw the growth again. Eat, food, people were just a way of passing time until I measured it once again in my garden.

      Sorry as I wax on in my Newtonian state.

      We are now watching the effect of time under the Super Moon on the flowers of the day -- They are opening. What is time to a moon?

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      Chris Mills 

      2 years ago from Hartford, CT

      Very good, Eric. Time is many things depending on the situation. It is money, it is love, it is wisdom. You've expressed so much here. Very thought provoking.

      Here is one for you. Romans 1:18 says, and this is my paraphrase, that the things God made at creation tell us the truth, first and foremost about Him. If God made the universe 6k years ago, but made it to look billions of years old, are the things He made telling us the truth about the universe and time? This is not in any way to debate or argue, just food for thought and I would gladly accept your response as food for thought as well. Thanks Eric.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dana, I have this great experience at least once a year. I go hiking in the Grand Canyon. Time has absolutely no relevance there. The closest to time is the question how far shall we hike today. And of course that it is morning and night.

      When my elder son and I take off for a road trip we say "we are there" when we get in the car. Miles not minutes.

      Thanks for sharing your story.

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      Dana Tate 

      2 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      I dated a guy once who told me this about his daughter when she was a child. He said she would play with her dolls and toys because she had no sense of time. She didn't realize you shouldn't play in the dark until her older brother caught her and told her she wasn't supposed to do that. My x- speaks of that time with a wistfulness of lost innocence.

      As a person who is always conscious of time I wish that I could have that peace in my life.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dora, that is like how it is with Arizona and California, I can never figure it out. But all the way to Vietnam is very hard on my wife at it is night and day differences.

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      Dora Weithers 

      2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Eric, in the Caribbean our clock does not spring forward or fall backward. We get confused when for one part of the year we have the same time as our relatives in the US, then for the other part they are ahead of us or behind us. We have to agree with you that for the sake of love, we make the adjustment.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      John I just can't get over these things of man. Next thing you know they will tax love. My son and I am getting quickly used to this time change. The birds flock at better time for us to appreciate and our Hummingbirds have not missed a flap.

      Time is just not going to rule my family. But my poor wife lives by the clock and it is painful to see. So we love her more.

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      John Hansen 

      2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      A great message, Eric. In my state Queensland we don't have daylight savings. Every four or five years they have a referendum or poll to reconsider it and it always gets voted down (thankfully). I read a quote, "Daylight savings is like cutting a foot off the top of a blanket and sewing it onto the bottom to make it longer."

      I also believe that God's days in Genesis could each actually refer to a prehistoric/geographic era or eon.

      There never appear to be enough days in the week for me instead of daylight savings maybe they can work out a way to give us eight day weeks.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dianna, we are voting tomorrow and it reminds me that all the best our founders could do was design a framework for us to follow. And it is up to individual character to maintain and fulfill our nation's dream. My one vote out of all the millions of others is very important to me. I have a little one, there are things to do at a certain time. But I keep so he just knows when I say so -- he has a lifetime to race the clock.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Marlene thank you for visiting and leaving a note. I loved for years and then something just clicked. I seem to have fallen "in love". It is nice to be here.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Whonu, I just love it, even when you are not writing poetry your words come across as poetic -- or maybe that is because I view you that way. I find it comforting to know I have a purpose and that is love. My children remind me of that dayly by being so loving.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      2 years ago

      We should live in the state of love to fully enjoy life. I like your reference to drinking lemon in water every day, it does make a difference. The song Turn, Turn is one of my favorites. Yes, there is a season to everything, as the prophet states, even to our individual lives. God bless you. Eric.

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      2 years ago from USA

      Since I have been retired I rarely look at the time. I get up when I get up. I go to bed when I go to bed. And, now since I DVR the programs I enjoy watching, I don't have to be sitting in front of the TV at any particular time. I quite agree with you when you say when we are "in" love, time is meaningless.

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      2 years ago from United States

      Love is the substance of the heart that makes all life worthwhile and so understandable as to why we all are here. Nice work my friend. whonu

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Chitrangada, I kind of like being in my time zone and matching that up to time our calls just right for your side of the world. I will have to explore that type of time. I hope you do not have to experience it because it is kind of a nuisance. Thank you for your kind words.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hi Ed, top of the morning to you.

      Wow, I should have my wife talk to your wife. Now every morning my wife says, "This is your plan today". LoL. I have a love of getting up in the morning before the sun so I can welcome the new day. But I do not use a clock or alarm to do so. I really like being where I am when I am.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Great thought provoking hub!

      I am familiar with the daylight saving concept as many of my relatives live in that part of the world where it is implemented. But we don't have it here. I am not sure how I would feel about it.

      Time goes on and on--Can we control it! No, we can't!

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts in such an insightful hub!

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      2 years ago

      Eric , Great subject , I retired this summer and although I have ALMOST always had a pretty good hold on "living in the moment", This autumn I truly began my' 'in the moment years '', never again to be trapped by the clock - I haven't even worn my wristwatch for months now ......are you proud of me ? Now ,every morning my wife asks , "What is your plan today ?"......I just look at her and smile!

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      How wonderful and full of life you are Linda. Breath of fresh air and a fine reminder of just who we are. I see your point, angels know time they just work on Gods time. I hope me too!

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      Linda Lum 

      2 years ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric, I don't think that the angels cannot tell time; I think that for them there IS no time. Time is a concept that we need here on Earth, but when you have eternity, dude I think you can pretty much stop counting else you'll run out of numbers.

      If you think about it, how time-driven we are on Earth, how there never is "enough time", or how "time gets away from us", or that we "put off until later..." what a blessing it will be when we are no longer burdened with the concept of a ticking clock.

      But, on the other hand, the time we DO have on Earth is finite--it won't last forever, so in that sense time is a gift and we dare not waste it. Let our precious minutes and moments be filled with as much love as we can cram in. Do you remember this song from the musical "Rent"?

      Five hundred twenty-five thousand

      Six hundred minutes

      Five hundred twenty-five thousand

      Moments so dear

      Five hundred twenty-five thousand

      Six hundred minutes

      How do you measure - measure a year?

      In daylights - in sunsets

      In midnights - in cups of coffee

      In inches - in miles

      In laughter - in strife

      In - five hundred twenty-five thousand

      Six hundred minutes

      How do you measure

      A year in the life

      How about love?

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ruby you made me think of a congregation that sends out email to remind folks and then another 1 hour before service. We would laugh at those who were a bit late and they would lighten up and laugh.

      The time change is weird. I live in Cal and travel much to my birth state Az they do not do daylight savings. So we are the same for half the year. It is just crazy.

      Time only stops really for me when I am waiting on something.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Clive I have two bosses, my wife and God. God don't care about time. But I promise you my wife has those borders. Thanks for giving a such a fine thought.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Very cool addition to this sermon. Thank you Manatita. I must admit that facing death a couple of times and yet still alive, my time is God's time.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill I get where you are coming from. But I only do a couple of things in each day that go by a clock -- what is time to a pig?

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I turned my clock back one hour and set my alarm so I would not be late for church, well something went wrong, the alarm didn't go off and I really had to move to make it. For the life of me I can't see the reasoning for time change, but who am I to question time. Some days there's never enough time, then other days time drags. I like Clive's comment and I liked this sermon...

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      Clive Williams 

      2 years ago from Jamaica

      Eric...Time is just a border and control for man. but in reality time does not exist. we just live moments.

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      2 years ago from london

      Time standing still, eh? Cute. Then it becomes that which moves and that which moves not ...

      Nice Hub relating to time and great songs. Yes, generally we talk about the Here And Now; The Eternal Now; The Present Moment also. The great French Seer spoke of it as the Sacrament of The Present Moment. You will find this great Christian Classic on Amazon, I'm sure. You may have seen this song:

      "My Supreme, my Supreme; my Supreme.

      Do give me, 48 hours a day to accomplish,

      Everything that I wish to accomplish,

      Every single day. "- Sri Chinmoy

      Thoughtful Hub and one to ponder for sure. Best wishes for tomorrow or Tuesday, God's willing. Peace.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I know there is a deeper message to all of this, but I just have to say I have always hated the notion of Daylight Savings Time.

      There, my rant is over!

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Shell, I just love it when folks leave comments that really make my Sermons better. That is great to know that I am not alone in stopping the clock to no avail.

      Invest our time is a great concept.

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      Shell Vera 

      2 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Great reflections, Eric. Time has been on my mind today in thinking of how we spend our time. I want to stop wasting it and instead INVEST my time wisely. You bring up the notion of love and how these two concepts relate: time and love. I want to invest my time loving others, helping them to live their best life, empowering them with the resources to see life for the joy that it is.

      On another note, I too have taken the battery out of a clock hoping time would stand still...unfortunately, it simply continued and I was standing there with a clock that had no time. That's a sermon in itself!

      Happy Sunday!



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