Carl Sanburg (1878–1967), a poet, and writer said, “Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.” People should therefore use time wisely. Time in one’s life could be tricky. Most treat it like a commodity. They tend to agree, “Time is money.” But it’s a lot more than that. For another perspective look at the saying, “To God a thousand years are like one day.” Isn’t this awesome? Therefore the life span of a human could be likened to a grain of sand on the seashore.
Time is necessary for growth, development, and the production of commodities. Plants like all other living organisms have to have nutrients to grow, but this process takes time. Their growth and development take a short or long period. After much dedication to be educated humans have to be nurtured to learn vital lessons about life. And people have to be fed with spiritual food to develop virtues of hope, faith, and love. But becoming virtuous also takes time. It might take over a life-time for believers to become spiritually attuned.
Dreams & Aspirations
For growth and development to occur mean having dreams and aspirations fulfilled. Students have to imagine doing particular jobs. They ask, “Do they have what it takes to do a particular task? Is their ability suitable for a certain career choice? How could they do such a job? Is their personality right for a career choice? This is a time when honesty is necessary to know one’s aptitude.
With challenges there has to be breaks for rejuvenation and relaxation. That’s the reason why most Americans take vacations. They have to aim for a good balance in their lives. They quickly learn that life might not only be for fun, but for making the best of well-deserved breaks. Some decide that instead of lying on a beach, it would be better to help build houses for the homeless.
Stephen R. Covey (1932–2012), in his book entitled: The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People that Time Magazine listed as one of the 25 most influential in business management, explained how to have a “sustained, long-term, effective lifestyle.” Covey encouraged his readers to “learn, commit, do,” and argued that they would find “personal freedom, security, wisdom and power.” Such realities could only be achieved by living true lives in God’s time.