Almost simultaneously, the following three items came on my radar earlier today on the theme of time and its preciousness in our finite and fleeting lives:
How do we judge whether technology is making us more productive, or just lazy and impatient? Economists think about outsourcing chores in terms of opportunity costs. If you can work during the hour you would have spent mailing a package, it would probably be a better use of your time — as, perhaps, would taking a nap, going for a run or spending time with your child.
[Or perhaps reading your Bible or reaching out with the gospel to someone who does not yet know Christ. Opportunity ‘cost’ looks very different within the Christian worldview vs. the world’s system.]
“People underestimate the value of time,” said Susan Athey, an economics of technology professor at Stanford University’s business school.. The trade-off between time and money is particularly crucial for those with less of each.
“When we think of what we vowed we would be, and of what we have been, we may weep whole showers of grief.”
…doing takes time, and time is a fleeting resource. It is a finite resource. When I use time in one way, I cannot use it in another. When I give time to one thing, I take away from something else. To prioritize one area of life is to de-prioritize all the rest… Life is a vapor, too short, too fleeting. But I believe this: I may not have time to do everything I would like to do, but I have all the time I need for those things that God expects me to do… The call, then, is to find the best things I can do with the time allotted to me, while waiting for the great day when time will no longer be finite… It is to obey the words of God: “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:15-16).
Which made me think of this one also:
PSALM 90:10 The years of our life are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty; yet their span is but toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away. 11 Who considers the power of your anger, and your wrath according to the fear of you? 12 So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom. 13 Return, O LORD! How long? Have pity on your servants! 14 Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. 15 Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us, and for as many years as we have seen evil.